Former Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter
has nothing against his alma mater.
KC 1- The goal is to give players a voice, right now
we don't have a voice.
He just wants his former team to have a few more rights.
KC it's almost like a dictartorship where everything
is put on us without our input, without our negotiation.
Right now we just want a seat at the table.
GRAPHIC The group behind the labor union are asking
GRAPHIC Guranteed medical coverage to current and
GRAPHIC More concussion prevention...
GRAPHIC and compensation for sponsorships.
JW 1- I think it's an interesting move on their part.
I don't think it's entirely surprising.
UW-La Crosse athletic director Josh Whitman played
division one football at the University of Illinois
he doesn't imagine labor unions moving into divison
2 or division 3.
JW 5- You know scholarships if you were to think about
a football roster with 110 guys you know of that 110
only 5 or 10 of them probably are truely worth more
to the university then the value of the scholarship
that they're already recieving.
JW 10- If all of the sudden it becomes mandadted that
they provide 10 years of healthcare or some sort of
post career healthcare or provide some enhanced stipend
or payment to their athletes thats going to be a big
problem for them.
But whether or not the union goes into effect .
Whitman imagines some changes.
JW 9- I think that over the next 2 to 4 years you're
going to see some fairly dynamic changes within the
way the NCAA athletics is operated
Whitman also said to me that he didn't feel he deserved
to be paid when he was a student-athlete.
He said the trick will be to figure out how to compensate
the 10-15 student-athletes who truly generate money
for their institution and still be fair to the other
95 percent of the student-athletes.
All this week there has been a hearing in front of
the National Labor Relations Board.
There is no timeline for any decisions or changes.