Emma: Unity Too Strong For Northwestern Unionization

CBS Chicago

By Chris Emma,

EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — Pat Fitzgerald sees linebacker Collin Ellis as the “Ragin’ Cajun with a crazy look in his eyes,” a true and tested leader on Northwestern’s defense. He’s a punishing tackler with a knack for the clutch.

Yet, away from the football field with the helmet off, Ellis is a soft-spoken, super intelligent college kid, the type that gives Northwestern’s athletes such a good name. Faced with the incredibly daunting task of voting for a players’ union—one which could potentially break the NCAA’s current model—Ellis sounded informed as can be.

On April 25th, Northwestern’s scholarship football players will vote on the potential formation of a union, the first of its kind in college athletics. The vote’s results won’t be revealed until appeals are heard from the College Athlete’s Players Association and Northwestern, a process in Washington that will last for months.

The explanations from Ellis…

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