Union ruling comes at bad time for NCAA


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  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 28, 2014 5:08 p.m.

    If athletes can be paid, then anyone involved in money making productions should be paid. This would include anyone at all involved in plays or musical productions at a university for which attendance is charged.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    March 28, 2014 2:30 p.m.

    There is a big difference between an athletic scholarship and an academic scholarship.

    Those differences (e.g. mandatory attendance at practices)led the NLRB to conclude that scholarship athletes are employees.

    It's not inconceivable that athletes, as employees, would be taxed on their "wages."

    Students with academic scholarship aren't employees thus their scholarships aren't wages.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 28, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    A handful of big name schools like Alabama and Texas do indeed rake in over $100 million each year, but what of the majority of schools whose athletics programs are losing money?

    I can see giving a stipend to these kids so they can have some walking around money to got out to dinner and a movie once in awhile, but isn't a free education, free room and board, free travel, and endless other perks compensation enough?

    btw, taxing scholarships isn't going to happen. Opening that can of worms would subject every college student, not just athletes, to paying taxes on their scholarships.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    March 27, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    Yup, so these union athletes will each get a w2 and now must pay taxes. The only folks who win here is the IRS. Happy now?

  • Jeff Bowles Salt Lake, UT
    March 27, 2014 12:56 p.m.

    I wonder when they will start paying taxes on their scholarships since it's their compensation as employees?