NLRB dismisses Northwestern unionization ruling


The NCAA dodged a bullet today as the National Labor Relations Board ruled that because their ruling would only impact 16% of FBS teams due to their lack of jurisdiction over state-run universities, the ruling "would not promote stability in labor relations across the league".

This ruling overturns the local ruling which resulted from the petition filed by Northwestern players, but does not rule on whether college football players are in fact employees. It also does not preclude a future action, although it seems apparent that any such action will also fall afoul of the NLRB's hesitance to apply one set of rules to private schools which they cannot apply to publics.