the court system has upheld this since the first case was filed in 1971.
the district court said yes but subsequent appeals court all came back with the same ruling. they are not employee's. how the labor board ignored 30+ years of precedent is beyond me.
they are not employee's therefore they have no leverage to bargain anything, nor does the school have to acknowledge them as such.
if they want to be employee's like they say they do.
then they will need to fill out the needed proper forms and pay taxes on all of their income. so all tuition, books, training, tudors etc .. are all taxable according to the IRS.
a college athlete receives 100-120k in benefits they would have to pay taxes on that.
universities also open themselves up to major lawsuits and other liabilities.
this is not just a simple issue of paying players. there is a whole backside i posted it on another thread i think. i will re-post it here.