Northwestern football players, led by former quarterback Kain Colter, announced their intentions Tuesday to petition for the formation of a labor union that would represent college athletes.
The organization and would-be union, named the College Athletes Players Association, presents plenty of evidence in its argument that college athletes deserve a seat at the table and the right to collectively bargain.
Though this is viewed by many as the next step in the debate over whether college football and basketball players deserve monetary compensation, CAPA does not specifically include receiving a portion of profits from the NCAA's annual haul of billions of dollars among its listed goals on its website. Here is the list of goals from CAPA:
CAPA will ultimately allow players to collectively bargain for comprehensive reform such as:
— Guaranteed coverage for sports-related medical expenses for current and former players.
— Minimizing the risk of sports-related traumatic brain injury. Reduce contact in practices like the NFL and Pop Warner have done, place independent concussion experts on the sidelines, and establish uniform return to play protocols.
— Improving graduation rates. Establish an educational trust fund to help former players complete their degree and reward those who graduate on time.
— Consistent with evolving NCAA regulations or future legal mandates, increasing athletic scholarships and allowing players to receive compensation for commercial sponsorships.
— Securing due process rights. Players should not be punished simply because they are accused of a rule violation, and any punishments levied should be consistent across campuses.