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  • Speedy NU outfielder signs with Bandits May 22, 2014 4:17 PM
    Former Northwestern outfielder Emily Allard has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bandits, team officials announced Thursday. A second-team All-Big Ten performer, the 22-year-old Allard was also named to the All-Big Ten Defensive team as an outfielder after spending most of her collegiate career as a shortstop.

     
  • Feds ask 3rd parties to weigh in on college union May 12, 2014 4:11 PM
    A labor agency has invited outside parties to weigh in on whether Northwestern football players should be able to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board posted a notice Monday asking groups not directly involved in the dispute to submit arguments for or against unionization by June 26.

     
  • Witnesses oppose NLRB ruling on college athletes May 8, 2014 5:49 PM
    Baylor University President Ken Starr voiced strong opposition Thursday to a regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are technically school employees and thus entitled to collective bargaining rights. Starr, a former federal judge and prosecutor, said it would be very disruptive if college athletes were allowed to unionize.

     
  • Hearing on athletes union worries activist May 8, 2014 6:57 AM
    A former linebacker leading the drive to form the nation's first union for college athletes said Wednesday he fears a congressional hearing could be a step toward legislative barriers that would thwart unionization. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Washington, D.C., before the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

     
  • NU tennis team roars into NCAA action May 2, 2014 5:19 PM
    The Northwestern women's tennis team used a big, enthusiastic crowd to defeat Michigan for the Big Ten championship last weekend. The Wildcats are hoping to get similar support next weekend when they host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

     
  • Historic day as Northwestern players vote on union Apr 25, 2014 6:24 PM
    In a historic vote, Northwestern football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes — a decision that could change the landscape of American amateur sports. Results of the unprecedented vote won’t be revealed any time soon. After the vote, the ballot boxes will be sealed for weeks or months — perhaps even years — as the university challenges the effort to unionize the football team.

     
  • Historic day as Northwestern players vote on union Apr 25, 2014 6:14 PM
    In a historic vote, Northwestern University football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes — a decision that could change the landscape of American amateur sports. The results of the closely watched vote will not be known for some time. After two rounds of voting on this 19,000-student campus, the ballot boxes were sealed and will remain so for weeks, months, perhaps even years as the university challenges the effort to unionize the team.

     
  • Government to review athletes’ bid to unionize at Northwestern Apr 24, 2014 5:13 PM
    The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University’s request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective bargaining rights.

     
  • War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight Apr 17, 2014 7:23 PM
    Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes essentially are employees of the university and therefore have the right to unionize, bargain collectively and even strike.

     
  • NCAA will help athletes only if ordered Apr 13, 2014 8:32 AM
    What is fair for college athletes? Ask 100 people, get 100 different answers, ranging from give the players nothing, to pay them like professionals. Obviously, there's a reasonable answer somewhere in between. At the least, the result ought to be a seat at the table for the players bringing in billions for the NCAA and making millionaires of the men who coach them.

     
  • Northwestern players see push as spark for change Apr 12, 2014 7:29 PM
    No matter how they feel about the push to unionize, at least a few Northwestern players see the movement as a spark for change in college sports. The question is whether forming a union to bargain for better health insurance and work conditions is the right move for them. “This is a real issue that people brought up,” linebacker Collin Ellis said Saturday. “It shows the power that people could possibly attain. That in itself speaks volumes, and that in itself could be a catalyst for change — yet I feel not at the expense of what we have here.”

     
  • Northwestern QB says union push was rushed, wrong Apr 9, 2014 2:38 PM
    Northwestern’s Trevor Siemian says it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.

     
  • A long road ahead for college union Apr 8, 2014 5:10 PM
    While Northwestern football players are scheduled to vote later this month on whether to let the United Steelworkers represent them for better compensation, health insurance and work conditions, it could be years — if ever — before the union earns a spot at the bargaining table.

     
  • Make the NCAA start over? Good plan Apr 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    NCAA president Mark Emmert conducted a news conference Sunday at the site of the NCAA basketball tournament’s Final Four. Naturally, among the topics was the attempt to unionize football players at Northwestern. Media reports quoted Emmert as saying, “To convert to a unionized employee model is to throw away the entire collegiate model for athletics.” So there would be a problem with that?

     
  • Wildcats’ Fitzgerald urges ‘no’ vote on union Apr 5, 2014 5:40 PM
    Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald sided with his university against the formation of a players union in his first public comments Saturday, repeating what he already told his team: “I believe it’s in their best interests to vote no.”

     
  • Union says other college teams in play Apr 4, 2014 5:21 PM
    Players from other universities have expressed interest in forming unions in the wake of the landmark decision last week involving the Northwestern football team, a union organizer said Friday.

     
  • Final Four selections Apr 3, 2014 10:13 AM
    Final Four selections

     
  • Big names like Kaminsky keep leaving Illinois Apr 2, 2014 10:24 PM
    Frank Kaminsky, a product of Benet Academy in Lisle, has helped Wisconsin into the Final Four. That's as good an explanation as any for the sorry state of college basketball in the state of Illinois.

     
  • Agency sets date for Northwestern players union vote Apr 2, 2014 7:09 PM
    A federal agency says a date has been set for Northwestern football players to vote on authorizing a union to represent them in collective bargaining with the university. A spokesman for the National Labor Relations Board confirmed Wednesday that the vote is scheduled for April 25.

     
  • Union question looms as Northwestern practices Apr 1, 2014 6:29 PM
    Northwestern running back Venric Mark says he is not sure all his teammates who signed union cards in January realized the ramifications. Mark says some players signed, some did not. He wonders if those who did “knew what they were or if they thought it was going to turn out the way it did.”

     
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