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The NCAA responds to Northwestern’s attempts to unionize

Jan 28, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT

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Earlier on Tuesday, reports surfaced about the attempts being made by Northwestern football players to unionize.

It only took the NCAA a couple of hours to respond, as Donald Remy, the Chief Legal Officer, released the following statement:

“This union-backed attempt to turn student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an education. Student-athletes are not employees, and their participation in college sports is voluntary. We stand for all student-athletes, not just those the unions want to professionalize.

Many student athletes are provided scholarships and many other benefits for their participation. There is no employment relationship between the NCAA, its affiliated institutions or student-athletes.

Student-athletes are not employees within any definition of the National Labor Relations Act or the Fair Labor Standards Act. We are confident the National Labor Relations Board will find in our favor, as there is no right to organize student-athletes.”