The National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that college football players at Northwestern University can unionize because they are employees under federal law. The group, led by former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, seeks safety and academic reforms for players, many of whom are spending up to 50 hours a week on football. (They are not seeking a pay-for-play agreement.) If upheld by courts, the decision would only apply to private schools like Northwestern, since public universities are subject to state labor laws.
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