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Hearings on college football union end

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Hearings on Northwestern football players' bid to form the nation's first union for college athletes have concluded with three former players testifying for the university.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports all three spoke at Tuesday's National Labor Relations Board hearing about how coaches accommodated their studies despite the demands of football.

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Northwestern sought to bolster its claim that academics are central to a player's experience by calling Doug Bartels, Patrick Ward and John Henry Pace. Bartels is now in medical school, and Pace and Ward are engineers.

Testifying last week for the pro-union side, outgoing senior quarterback Kain Colter said when it came to football players, Northwestern put academics second.

With five days of hearings done, a regional NLRB official will decide in coming weeks if the players can unionize.

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