12:50 PM - March 27, 2014 by MMChrisS
A court ruling came across the news wire yesterday that probably didn't catch your attention for too long, but it could have big implications on the way you watch college football and other NCAA sports in the future.
The ruling handed down by the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board: College athletes now qualify as employees of their university.
According to ESPN:
|NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr cited the players' time commitment to their sport and the fact that their scholarships were tied directly to their performance on the field as reasons for granting them union rights.|
While it's all conjecture at this point, if the ruling is upheld, we could see things such as player strikes or lockouts by entire athletic departments. Or even more extreme -- players receiving additional pay for the success of their team or individual performance. In other words, College Football/NFL-D-League season is just around the corner.
Sound Off: Do you believe college athletes should be recognized as employees of their universities with full labor rights?
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