Northwestern Players Vote on Union Question

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Football players at Northwestern University are casting secret ballots today on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes. It's a vote that could mean sweeping changes for college sports.

But the results won't be revealed any time soon. Instead, ballot boxes will be sealed for weeks or months -- perhaps even years -- as the university challenges the effort to unionize the football team.

The full National Labor Relations Board has agreed to hear an appeal of a March ruling from a regional director. He found that the players are employees, and can unionize.

There haven't been rallies or demonstrations on the 19,000-student campus. But there has been plenty of lobbying through private meetings, calls and emails.

Reporters today were kept away from the players as they entered a campus building to vote. One player shouted, "You got to give the people what they want!"

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