Stephen A. Smith Righteously Rips The NLRB For Punting On Northwestern Case
In a massive blow for the rights of student athletes, the National Labor Relations Board denied the Northwestern football team the right to unionize by "declining jurisdiction" in the case -- effectively saying they chose not to rule on the matter but would allow for future cases to be heard if the landscape changes.
Last year, Northwestern's football team -- made up of student-athletes who felt they deserved the same bargaining power as other groups of athletes -- won the right to unionize from the Chicago district of the NLRB. They were considered employees of the university until Northwestern University appealed to the full NLRB in Washington, D.C. But rather than making a decision either way, the NLRB punted, citing "labor stability" issues:
In the decision, the Board held that asserting jurisdiction would not promote labor stability due to the nature and structure of NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). By statute the Board does not have jurisdiction over state-run colleges and universities, which constitute 108 of the roughly 125 FBS teams. In addition, every school in the Big Ten, except Northwestern, is a state-run institution. As the NCAA and conference maintain substantial control over individual teams, the Board held that asserting jurisdiction over a single team would not promote stability in labor relations across the league.
We don't say this often, considering how ridiculously wrong he is, like, all of the time, but let's turn to Stephen A. Smith of "First Take" for some perspective on this.
He nails it, and gets Skip Bayless' vote for president afterwards:
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