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Attorney reacts to decision that college athletes can unionize


It's a ruling that could change college sports. A federal agency declared that players at Northwestern University can unionize and be classified as employees.

According to the Associated Press, union lawyers argued that the football players are part of a business that generates millions of dollars in revenue thanks to their labor.

This essentially means if Northwestern's football players vote to unionize, they will have representation on issues they have with the university.

Labor attorney Bruce Henderson believes this decision could eventually lead to players accepting endorsements, better medical coverage and possibly a paycheck.

Henderson strongly feels student-athletes are entitled to additional benefits, but having a union isn't one of them.

"The right to endorsements and the right to organize and ultimately the right to withhold services if they don't like what the university is doing for them, I think is going to be the ruination of college athletics, not just football," said Henderson.

Both Northwestern University and the NCAA strongly disagree with today's ruling. The university plans on appealing the decision.

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