NLRB lawyer: College football players are employees
College football players and some other athletes in money-making sports are employees of their schools
(AP) — The National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer says college football players and some other athletes in money-making sports are employees of their schools.
The guidance in a memo from the board’s top lawyer could lead to expansive rights for players to unionize and negotiate over their working conditions. NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo also threatened action against schools, conferences and the NCAA if they continue to use the term “student-athlete.”
She says the term was designed to obscure the employment relationship with college athletes and discourage them from pursuing their rights.