The National Labor Relations Board has said Northwestern football players are employees and can unionize. This designation opens up issues on compensation and college athletics that could fundamentally transform college athletics. It's complicated, but if the players are employees, and can collectively bargain, it sets up a showdown on what the nature of amateurism is and what piece of the pie college athletes should share in.
It's a ground-breaking ruling, and sure to head into the court system. The implications for college athletics is extraordinary.