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Union Sacked, But Athletes Are
Winning The Battle Off The Field
by Ed Frank
Sometimes losing is winning, and that best describes the
recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that
sacked the attempt by Northwestern University football
players to unionize.
Should you have missed the issue, last year former
Northwestern quarterback Ken Colter led the effort to form a
union comprising the school’s football players, contending they
are employees of the university and thus entitled to unionize.
Among the organizing demands were financial coverage for
former players with sports-related medical expenses, the creation
of an educational trust fund to help former players graduate and
commercial sponsorship for players.
The movement even went as far as a vote by the Northwestern players whether
they favored a union. That vote was never tallied as Northwestern and the NCAA filed
an appeal to the NLRB to reject the petition.
The unanimous NLRB ruling skirted the issue whether college athletes could be
considered employees; instead declaring a union would not promote uniformity and
labor stability in college football and could upset the competitive balance between
teams. The union effort involved only the Northwestern football players, not the other
Northwestern teams or other college sports programs.
Despite the rejection, here is why the organizing attempt actually was a “win” for
almost all college athletes:
College football is a multi-billion dollar empire, and there were legitimate demands
for improved health care and added stipends for the players and their families.
For example, the Big Ten adopted one of the proposed union demands to reform
the protocols for treating possible concussions. An independent athletic trainer is now
required in the replay booth with the ability to contact officials on the field.
The 14 schools in the Big Ten now honor scholarships throughout an athlete’s time
in school instead of renewing them annually.
The NCAA voted to let schools in the five richest conferences provide allowances
up to $2,500 a year to cover the full cost of attending college. It also barred universi-
ties from revoking the scholarships of athletes that don’t measure up on the field.
It also relaxed the former strict limits on meals provided athletes as their extensive
exercising and practice often left them going to bed hungry.
Eldon Hamm, a Chicago sports attorney, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune that
“Northwestern football players lost this battle, but college players in general are win-
ning the war against the NCAA.”
He went on to say that the unionization campaign hurt the image of the schools
and the NCAA, making them look greedy.
To counter the claims, it should be pointed out that a football scholarship at
Northwestern is worth more than $60,000 a year and allows an athlete to graduate
without incurring a debt while obtaining a first-rate education.
We undoubtedly have not heard the last of this controversial issue. One thing is cer-
tain, however: Athletes are gaining needed improvements and benefits on and off the
Cherington Out As Red Sox GM
Last week’s hiring of Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations for the
Boston Red Sox led to the resignation of Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington.
It appears that bringing Dombrowski, a veteran baseball executive, to oversee the
Red Sox baseball program resulted in Cherington being shown the door. Dombrowski
was previously president and general manager of the Detroit Tigers.
In the four seasons of Cherington’s tenure, the Red Sox finished in last place twice
in the American League’s Eastern Division and appears headed for a third last place
finish this year. The Red Sox did win the World Series in 2013.
Cherington was also credited with assembling one of the best Minor League pro-
grams in baseball.
Inaugural Paddle At The Point
Stand Up Paddleboard Competition
Tarpon Point in Cape Coral will host the inaugural Paddle at the Point stand up
paddleboard race on Saturday September 19, where participants from all over
the country will compete for $9,000 in prize money.
Taking advantage of Florida’s beautiful weather, Tarpon Point’s ideal location, and
the calm backwaters of the Caloosahatchee River, the event will offer a family fun
atmosphere including live entertainment, food and beverage from Texas Tony’s Rib
House, vendor opportunities, and a free Calusa Kids race for ages 17 and under.
Working in conjunction with SUP ATX and the World Paddle Association, Paddle at
the Point will feature a free one-mile Calusa Kid’s Race, a three-mile and six-mile race,
multiple board divisions, and an open age class.
Race competitors will receive a giveaway bag with registration which will include an
event T-shirt, hat, coupons,
lunch voucher and other items.
The event will also offer the
opportunity to meet the num-
ber one ranked female paddle
boarder Annabel Anderson
as she hosts a meet and greet
September 18 at Pinchers –
Tarpon Point from 5 to 7 p.m.
She will also be hosting paddle
board clinics at the Wyndham
Hotel on Fort Myers Beach
on Wednesday September 16
and at Tarpon Point Marina
in Cape Cora on Friday
One unique part of the race
weekend will be the chance
for eligible participants to
compete the day of the race
for a chance to win an addi-
tional $1,000 by challenging
Anderson for the fastest time
on the six-mile course. The
male or female race competitor
that posts the best time below Annabel’s will win.
In addition, former U.S. Olympian and Silver Medalist Johnny Puakea, known in
the industry as one of the best designers and founder of Puakea Designs, will be in
Event information and instructions on how to register are available at https://pad-
dleguru.com/races/PaddleatthePoint. For details on participating as a vendor, sponsorr
or volunteer, contact Jarrod Cain at 595-3962 or email@example.com.
Paddleboarder Annabel Anderson in action
Annabel Anderson will attend the event
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THE RIVER - AUGUST 28, 2015
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