This is way past due. The long term health care cost should fall on those who profited from the players work-product. Likewise, the players should have some type of say at the table. Those players make a decision to place their bodies in danger for an education, once that four year period is over the impact still remains. A longer view from the player is needed. This is not to say that players should get paid, or that they are an university employee. It is to say that a worker = profit.
By comparison, a player has to be in the NFL for only three years and then they are owed a lifetime of health care and a pension.
This is at least a discussion.
Latest Headache for NCAA Inc: College Football Players Want to Unionize - Businessweek: "The NCAA’s ideal of student-athletes who take the field purely for the love of sport came under fire from a new direction on Tuesday as football players at Northwestern University announced they want to form a union—and they’ve got the United Steelworkers behind them.
The newly formed College Athletes Players Association would be the first athlete-specific union in the history of college sports, our colleagues on the Bloomberg News sports-business desk report. The Steelworkers are paying the nascent association’s legal fees in applying to the National Labor Relations Board for recognition."
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