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CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Time for NCAA to pay up and let athletes benefit

Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and the NCAA power-conference “student-athlete” share a common trait. They’re all mythical creatures.

That is essentially what Peter Sung Ohr, regional director for Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board, declared last Wednesday in a landmark 24-page decision in which he ruled that Northwestern football players are employees of the university and thus should be granted the right to unionize. Ohr dismissed the specious principle on which the entire mirage of big-time college football and college basketball is based: the idea of the student-athlete.

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