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Northwestern’s football players scored their biggest win of the last 12 months when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that by their broad definition of employment, the players were indeed employees of the school. The decision will be appealed, but the language of the decision clearly anticipates that possibility and makes it difficult to overturn.
Before anyone thinks that this landmark decision only affects private institutions like Northwestern, think again. While the ruling will only have a legal affect on such schools for now, athletes and public universities such as Texas can still argue for unionization under state law. With the NLRB ruling as precedent, it’s only going to become more difficult for schools to deny that the athletes are indeed employees and due compensation. At the same time, this is hardly the death knell for college athletics. There’s too much money at stake to tear down college football and basketball. Rather, the only thing that appears to be on the way out is the ridiculous concept of “amateurism” as defined by the NCAA.
Pro days are notorious for producing false positives on NFL prospects, but that doesn’t stop NFL scouting departments from attending just about all of them. It was a strong day for receiver Mike Davis and cornerback Carrington Byndom who ran a 4.48 and 4.37 respectively.
Despite their disappointing 2013 season, Texas was able to entice representatives from all 32 teams to come down to Austin. While not all those representatives were “high-ranking personnel,” it still bodes well for the graduating Longhorns — and they all did graduate, there wasn’t a single early departure this year — as they look for work in the NFL.
If all Myles Turner consisted of was great size (7-0, 240 lbs.), he’d still probably be able to help Texas or whatever team he lands on. However, he apparently has inexplicable athleticism. As BON puts it, “You just don’t see many guys his size who have the spring and burst that Turner regularly features… Turner jumps like he’s a 6’6″ small forward rather than a 7-foot center.”