Northwestern football players win right to form first college sports player’s union

Peter Ohr ruled that athletes are employees under common law

College football players have their daily lives mapped out between practices and games, their activities overseen by a head coach who could be could a boss, and receive scholarships and stipends in return for their time. But should they be considered employees and given the right to unionize?

According to the director for the Chicago region of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the answer is yes.

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