NCAA 'disappointed' with Northwestern union ruling
By Associated Press
College Athletes Players Association president Ramogi Huma speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Calling the NCAA a "dictatorship," a handful of Northwestern football players announced they are forming the first labor union for college athletes--one they hope will eventually represent players nationwide. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
CHICAGO (AP) - The NCAA says it's "disappointed" by a federal agency's ruling that Northwestern University football players can form the nation's first college athletes' union.The organization issued a statement on its website after Wednesday's landmark ruling by a regional director of National Labor Relations Board that players are deemed employees under federal law.The statement says that the NCAA strongly disagrees that student-athletes are employees. It also says student-athletes play "for the love of their sport, not to be paid."Union lawyers argued the Big Ten school's football players are part of a commercial enterprise that generates hefty profits through their labor.They also likened scholarships to employment pay, while Northwestern described scholarship as grants.The NCAA says improvements are needed, but there is no need to abandon the current system.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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