The union argument for unionizing (Northwestern) college football goes like this, according to the College Athletes Players Association:
…the hours athletes spend practicing, the rights they give up to keep their scholarships, and the possible revocation of those scholarships should they break team rules.
Let’s see how this works for students on academic scholarships:
…the hours students spend studying, the rights they give up to keep their scholarships, and the possible revocation of those scholarships should they break academic rules.
Are these students employees of the school and not students getting a college-funded break toward their college educations?
But wait, you say—what about the football team walk-ons, those who try out for the team and make it but aren’t awarded athletic scholarships? They’re to be allowed to join the union, as they’re employees of the school, too, according to the NLRB ruling.
Let’s see how that plays out for students who are academic walk-ons, those who apply to the school and are admitted but aren’t awarded academic scholarships. Are these folks employees of the school, too?