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Why a College Athletes’ Rights Group Is Setting Employee Status Aside

May 6, 2024

One college athlete advocacy group is proposing a solution to reforming college sports that doesn’t include employee status.

The College Football Players Association said athletes could gain the rights to collectively bargain without being deemed employees under federal labor laws. The group, which counts current and former players in its membership and leadership roles, announced its position in an email newsletter and press release Monday.

Executive director Jason Stahl was adamant that the CFBPA is not opposed to players becoming professionals. But the organization thinks it may be a more palatable solution to the debate over athletes receiving more compensation and power in the NCAA structure. The CFBPA suggests that collective bargaining without employee status could be adopted more quickly than an employment model, and that it could provide athletes the same protections and benefits.

Source: Front Office Sports

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