Unionization for student-athletes probably sounds like a great idea to student-athletes—but how do the college students who don't play a sport for their school feel about this?
According to a survey done by Fluent (a college marketing agency), 47 percent of the 900 students surveyed (with 94 percent of them identifying as non-athletes) opposed athlete unionization, reports the Huffington Post. Only 29 percent supported it.
The survey also found that a majority of the students were worried about the inequities between different sports as well as the inequities between students and student-athletes. For example, many believed unionizing athletes could affect financial aid, increase college costs and negatively impact revenue in other departments.
In March, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern football players have a right to form a labor union, sparking a national debate that continues today as people argue whether student-athletes should really become "employee-athletes." If student-athletes form unions, this could potentially lead to them getting a piece of the financial pie that schools rake in through college athletics. In other words, they can get paid.
The NCAA, however, is heavily against student-athletes forming unions and getting paid...and it looks like most non-athlete students agree.
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