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.