Kain Colter: 'We know what we're doing' with union idea

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  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    March 28, 2014 2:01 p.m.

    As always, people stress the extremes of what could result from this ruling in sports. Perhaps something in the middle could be the result which would be Universitys paying the "full cost of attending". this would mean a smaller stipend which is the same at all schools. Lets hope that this along with guaranteed medical care ( and possible disability insurance) are some of the changes that will be made. Sports can still survive under those conditions.

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    March 28, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    This could be an issue for BYU in two ways.

    1. If students decide to join a union for sports.
    2. Some schools choose not to play them, because they are non-union.

    Northwestern is a private school which makes the ruling interesting. If and when this crosses over to state run schools, there you go. Organized crime officially known as unions has found a new funding source.

    One way or another this will impact everyone with an interest in college sports Major conferences and networks are partly to blame. With licensed apparel, sponsored bowl games and mega TV deals. It's greed. Now its starting to spread to college athletes themselves, not all of them though.

  • BYU9293 Clinton, UT
    March 28, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    If this ruling is upheld, what will really happen is that many schools, for more than most realize, will drop sports altogether. BYU will be one that drops all sports programs if they must pay the students and list them as employees. Most schools will drop them, because they will not be able to afford them any longer. Yes, football makes money, but most college sports lose money and they are paid for by what football brings in. This will never bring about what these greedy players want. Also, academic scholarships are for one year only and they are based on performance, so does that mean if I am on an academic scholarship, I should be paid and be considered and employee? This is a sad joke.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 28, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    College athletics no longer serve any useful purpose. End them entirely and get back to educating students.

    If the pro sports teams need a "farm league" to train players, they should start their own, not depend on colleges.

    And, for all the "sports events earn money for school" arguments, remember that those sports programs cost a ton of money too. Coach salaries alone dwarf those of the finest minds in a medical college, which is positively obscene.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    March 28, 2014 12:31 a.m.

    This really takes the cake. Who would ever have imagined that a free college education because you are an athlete wand have the potential to make it big time in the professional world wouldn't be enough for poor students that couldn't possibly afford college any other way? It's the "me" syndrome, fueled by greed, and it will become a slippery slope, just like what happened to all professional sports thanks to a New York Yankees Owner who could afford to buy the moon.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2014 12:19 a.m.

    It may be a revelation to these young men, but I made it all the way through school without the guarantee ever of a 4 year scholarship. Poor babies, made to go to school and get an education while they play a game they supposedly love.