“The right to fair treatment is why all workers, no matter the job or venue, should have the opportunity to unionize,” Brown said in the statement. “College athletes dedicate the same hours to their sport as full-time employees and deserve the same protections as any other worker. I offer whatever assistance I can to Mr. Colter and his colleagues to help athletes organize and ensure their rights are commensurate with their sacrifice and responsibilities,” stated US Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
Kain Colter and his follower’s main goal for the union is to be recognized as employees to the school. With the amount of time and effort spent on football-related activities, Colter emphasizes that the players deserve basic protections. Another main point made by Colter was that the amount of time athletes devote to playing their sport takes away from their success in academics.
Attorneys representing Northwestern University countered Colter’s argument stating that student-athletes at Northwestern are given enough benefits to help them succeed academically. “The reality is that Northwestern is not a football factory. It is first and foremost a premier academic institution. Student-athletes receive a world-class education, free tutoring services, core academic advice and personal and career development opportunity,” attorney Alex Bourbel stated.
As time progresses, the college athletics scene will surely change, as the amount of people supporting a union seems to be increasing. While Northwestern will appeal the decision made, college athletes are the closest they have ever been to their goal.