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College Athletes Union
It's a ruling that could change college sports.
The National Labor Relations Board says football players at Northwestern University are employees and have the right to form a union.
Under U.S. law, an employee is regarded as someone who, among other things, receives compensation for a service and is under the strict, direct control of managers.
In the case of the Northwestern players, coaches are the managers and scholarships are a form of compensation.
Under this decision college athletes could negotiate with their universities about payments, healthcare, safety even go on strike!
"We're being paid in the form of scholarships and stipend checks in that sense. The question isn't whether we should be paid it's whether we should have a guarantee on certain benefits and certain resources should be provided to us."
The decision is a bomb to college football's amateurism rules.
And it could lead to significant change to college athletics in general.
Northwestern University will appeal the ruling saying players are students -- and not employees. The NCAA said it was "disappointed" with the board's ruling.