4 Reasons Why NLRB reversal of Northwestern athletes forming a union made absolutely no sense

Exavier Pope offers a solid breakdown of how and why the NU ruling is an unfortunate development.

EXAVIER B. POPE I, ESQ.

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, who has lead the fight to unionize college athletes. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, who has lead the fight to unionize college athletes. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

The National Labor and Relations Board (NLRB) is in the business of keeping the status quo.

Initially, the NLRB ruled Northwestern players can become unions just over a year ago.

Here are 4 reasons why the reversal made zero sense at all:

1.  NLRB failed to address the central question brought before it.
The full NLRB reversed course without any solid legal rationale why, and, decided to remove itself from jurisdiction in the process. It took quite a long time to come back with “nothing to see here.”

The NLRB decided not to even take on the rudimentary question as to whether Northwestern players were employees under the common law definition of the term, a basic distinction I’ve discussed is as simple as A, B, C (Access, Benefit, Control).

2. The difficultly…

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