TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Brittany Sims on Mar 27, 2014

After yesterday’s ruling that Northwestern University football players can unionize, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog takes a look at what may happen next. The blog reports that the university plans to appeal, which would send the case to the full National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), whose members are appointed by the president and approved by Congress. Given the high-profile nature of the case, the NLRB may solicit submissions from outside labor unions and employers, lengthening the decision-making process. The eventual NLRB decision could also be appealed by either side, and would then move to a federal appeals court. If the ruling stands, Law Blog predicts teams could bargain directly with conferences, which in turn could lead to the players receiving a cut of conference revenues.