Campus Clips: Northeastern Unionization Ruling Poised to Impact Industry?; St. Cloud State, St. Bonaventure Earn Video Award Honors

Last month, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that scholarship football players at Northwestern are employees of the university and thus have a right to unionize and fight for better health care coverage, larger scholarship funds and other benefits (Kain Colter, the former Northwestern quarterback leading the school’s union charge, says ”pay-for-play” salaries are not on the agenda). Time Magazine gives its take on what this ruling means for college sports going forward…According to Ken Reed, a sports policy director, the concept of universities cutting paychecks to college athletes is a complex one, one that could have numerous ramifications, including unknown effects for female athletes under Title IX and male athletes in so-called minor sports. However, if the ruling survives all the legal challenges to come, there are several relatively straightforward items that a Northwestern players’ union — or a potential athletes’ union at any university — could bring to the bargaining table quickly. In a column for the Huffington Post, Reed breaks down the first actions that the union should take if all of this becomes a reality

…St. Cloud State’s student-run television station – UTVS – and radio station earned various awards at local events in the Minnesota Twin Cities area. The school’s students earned six Eric Severeid Awards from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, six Mark of Excellence Awards from Region 6 of the Society of Professional Journalists, 13 Minnesota Associated Press (AP) awards, and seven NATAS awards…

…St. Bonaventure captured the fourth annual Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) “Commitment To Teammates” Video Competition after the Bonnies won the online fan vote and finished third in the campus SAAC vote

…When Rick Pitino’s Lousiville team played son Richard Pitino’s Minnesota club, it was largely a matchup made for television. The Star Tribue looks at ESPN’s influence on the scheduling process in college hoops

…How did the digital departments for each Final Four participant cover the big news? Digital Hoops Blast breaks down how each institution celebrated the big occasion on their websites and various social media platforms…

…University of Massachusetts is leaving the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

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