College football players can’t unionize, U.S. federal agency says

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter at press conference

The National Labor Relations Board blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, dealing a blow to a labour movement that could have transformed amateur sports.

In a unanimous decision, the board said the prospect of having both union and nonunion teams could lead to different standards at different schools — from the amount of money players receive to the amount of time they can practice — and create competitive imbalances on the field.

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Source: CBC Sports
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