The first of three hearings kicks off Tuesday before the National Labor Relations Board and the stakes are high.
Sports analysts say never before have student athletes been so vocal in standing up for themselves.
The results could have national implications for college athletes – especially football players.
Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter is leading the fight against his own school.
He and other players are making the argument to the National Labor Relations Board that players should be considered employees.
If the players are allowed to unionize, they could be in position to bargain for benefits they’ve never had before including continued medical coverage after graduation, more concussion testing and of course a chunk of the billions of dollars in profits generated by college sports.
At least six players are expected to testify today.
They’re being assisted by the National College Players Association.
The battle is being closely watched by other NCAA schools.
But even if the athletes at Northwestern are successful it could take years before any changes are implemented.
That means it’s highly unlikely the players who are making the argument will see any benefits themselves they are fighting for.