Ex-NU quarterback leading charge to form college players union

College sports history is being made here in Chicago.

Current and former members of Northwestern University’s football team are taking steps to form a union.

The head of the National College Players Association has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of the players to certify the proposed Collegiate Athletic Players Association.

Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter is leading the fight.

Kain says the players’ main concern is health and safety.  He says the NCAA is a dictatorship this hasn’t taken responsibility to protect athletes from potentially lethal injuries.

Kain and other players say they deserve a seat at the table with the NCAA to work on issues such as concussions and medical expenses.

The NCAA has not commented on the petition filing.

4 comments

  • Chris

    I totally understand where the players are coming from, but this makes me nervous. Unions are always formed with the best intentions but they end up destroying whatever system they rise from.

  • Ismael

    It does not surprise me at all that this started in Chicago where unions run the crooked government.The unions got to a dummy like Shane Coulter. I am sure a lot of other players turned the unions down. Shane so you want a school to pay for showcasing your talents to a professional team. I doubt it. These colleges are giving you the opportunity to get a college education plus a chance to play a sport which could make or break your life. The college education is more important than football itself. The vast majority of players do not make it beyond college and in the pros it could be a short career, this is where your college education should take over. Shane ask for disability insurance instead, just in case you get injured.

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