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How Could a Players Union Influence College Sports?

Jan 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; (From left to right) CAPA president Ramogi Huma, Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter, United Steelworkers (USW) national political director Tim Waters, and United Steelworkers (USW) president Leo W. Gerard during a press conference for CAPA College Athletes Players Association at Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

In light of the recent buzz about the possibility of forming a collegiate players union, it seems to be centered around football more so than other sports.  Although that may change, if such an organization is formed.  However, regardless of which sports is represented, the message made has been clear; protect college athletes.

Basically, what Northwestern quarterback, Kain Colter has recently been making headlines about is to ensure the safety and financial support of colligate players  in case of injury.  Colter has also mentioned possibility adding a trust fund for players to access after graduation.

See the video below for Colter’s statement:

However, such an idea isn’t new according to ESPN, former linebacker for UCLA, Ramogi Huma created a group called the NCPA (National College Players Association) in 2001.  The NCPA is backing Colter’s CAPA (College Athletes Players Association) by signing a petition this week in Chicago.  NCPA president Huma released a statement is regards to college athletes and CAPA,

“This is about finally giving college athletes a seat at the table,” said Huma, a former UCLA linebacker who created the NCPA as an advocacy group in 2001. “Athletes deserve an equal voice when it comes to their physical, academic and financial protections.”

The future of the NCPA (National College Players Association) and CAPA (College Athletes Players Association), and the direction they will take is still uncertain.  If put in place, will the players union branch out beyond football and how quickly will it do so?  Perhaps will this union (if put in place) try to tackle the one and done rule?  There are so many different ways this story could develop and how will it effect other schools and other conferences besides the Big Ten.  As a Kentucky fan, what do you think of such a movement and is it necessary here in the bluegrass as well?

Would you support a college players union?

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