Wednesday, May 20, 2015

'End of the World' for Amateurism?

Inside Higher Ed
May 20th, 2015


The former president of Northwestern University said Tuesday that if the university was forced to consider college athletes as employees, he hopes Northwestern would leave big-time colleges sports behind.
“What does paid athletics have to do with the university mission?” said Henry Bienen, who retired as Northwestern’s president in 2009. “If at some point you go down that slope and you’re all the way down that slope, I think you’ll see a bailing of lots of private and even some public universities. At least I hope so.”
The comments came Tuesday during a panel discussion organized by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, of which Bienen is a member. They also came as Northwestern awaits a National Labor Relations Board decision that would decide if its football players -- and college athletes at private colleges, more generally -- could unionize as employees of the university.

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