Article about NU getting the right to unionize.
Coach urges Northwestern players to not join union.
NCAA president opposes union (shocking).
My 2 cents... I like where this is heading. While I am not generally a fan of unions, in this case with college athletics I am. The term "student-athlete" hasn't been applicable in over 20 years with the revenue the universities generate through TV deals, selling of jerseys, etc. I'm kinda liking this whole bogus model being blown to pieces and having something more fair to the athletes in its place (and let's be honest, most of them wouldn't be in college if given the choice).
Obviously there is a slippery slope here. Not all DI schools make money on college sports (football and basketball) so there will have to be a dividing line between the revenue generators and ones that actually have student-athletes which from my understanding is being talked about now within the NCAA (which only happened because the Northwestern union was allowed).
I wish the NFL and NBA would do more as far as farm leagues to accommodate those kids that don't want to be in college at all. The NBA does have the NBDL, but is sorely underutilized. Basketball also has international leagues (dozens of former Bama players are out there) to hone their skills. Neither are million dollar jobs, but it's a decent paycheck doing something they love and an avenue to possibly make it to the big leagues (see Alonzo Gee).