Northwestern Football Players Can Form a Labor Union, NLRB Rules

Northwestern University’s football team has the right to form the first labor union in college sports, the National Labor Relations Board ruled.

“We had both the facts and the law on our side,” Gary Kohlman, the attorney representing the players, said in a telephone interview.

NLRB Regional Director Peter Ohr didn’t immediately return a message left at his office. Northwestern plans to appeal to the full NLRB in Washington, the school said in a statement.

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