SEANC decision brings unionizing college athletes debate to NC
Posted May 20, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A recent decision by the State Employees Association of North Carolina to open its membership to athletes at the University of North Carolina system's 16 college campuses, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, has brought the debate whether to unionize student athletes to North Carolina.
The nationwide discussion intensified in March when a National Labor Relations Board regional director ruled that Northwestern University football players qualify as university employees, and thus, can unionize.
Some believe the concept could change college sports, but Joe Ovies, co-host of the afternoon and evening shows on 99.9 FM The Fan, believe otherwise.
"To say money would change the game because players get a piece of that, that makes no sense to me," Ovies said.
Adam Gold, who co-hosts the shows with Ovies, thinks it could ruin college sports. Players could be fired and schools would have to pay taxes, he said.
"That would change the structure of everything and frankly, it wouldn't be good for anybody involved," he said.
The best thing about the debate is that it's happening, said Gold, who added that the discussion is drawing attention to how student athletes are treated.
That in itself may give them a stronger voice, he said.
"I don't think there is any chance you will see college players unionize," Gold said.