QB Colter, union eye reform to NCAA rules
Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter second from right, speaks while College Athletes Players Association president Ramogi Huma left, United Steel Workers National Political Director Tim Waters second from left, and United Steel Workers president Leo Gerard right, look on during a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday. Calling the NCAA a "dictatorship," a handful of Northwestern football players announced they are forming the first labor union for college athletes -- one they hope will eventually represent players nationwide.
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:00 am
Updated: 6:59 pm, Mon May 19, 2014.
CHICAGO (AP) — Calling the NCAA a dictatorship, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and the United Steelworkers announced plans Tuesday to form the first labor union for college athletes — the latest salvo in the bruising fight over whether amateur players should be paid.
Colter detailed the College Athletes Players Association at a press conference in Chicago, flanked by leaders of Steelworkers union that has agreed to pay legal bills for the effort. The NCAA and the Big Ten both criticized the move and insisted that college athletes cannot be considered employees.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:59 pm.