Hungry college athletes

Apr 30, 2014


Friday’s vote by scholarship players on the Northwestern University football team to unionize and be recognized and possibly paid as designated employees probably did not cause any concern for Ohio’s No. 1 employee.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and his yearly $4.2 million salary shouldn't be worried as three weeks ago today a measure approved by the Ohio House threw a key block for Coach Meyer.

That’s right. Two weeks after the Chicago district office of the National Labor Relations Board said football players at Northwestern University could vote to unionize, the Ohio House sacked the attempt of any forward passing by college athletes unionizing in Ohio by sending to the Ohio Senate a measure that outlines why they believe college athletes aren’t and should not be considered public employees.

Even though the State of Ohio controls policy at The Ohio State University because it’s a public school, they’re not going to take any chances and hope to avoid what happened at the private school of Northwestern University where Federal labor law, if voted in, can apply.


According to The Associated Press, federal data shows Ohio State’s athletic department generated $123 million in revenue last year making it the sixth highest in the country. Could it be they do not want to share any of that profit with Brutus Buckeye?

After all, this is The Ohio State University, where athletic director Gene Smith received an $18,448 bonus, one week of his base salary, when Monroeville High School alum and current OSU junior Logan Stieber won his third NCAA wrestling championship last month.

Perhaps Stieber, to capitalize on his OSU success, should do what the winner of this Saturday’s Kentucky Derby will eventually do — hire himself out for stud service.

Northwestern is appealing the ruling of the Chicago NLRB, meaning the results of Friday’s vote will remain sealed until the home office of the NLRB in Washington issues its decision. This, like choosing a new Sandusky city manager, could take months.

Lawyers versus lawyers, Part I — The class action antitrust lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association challenging the NCAA’s use of player names, images and likenesses on video games and broadcasting games without player’s permission goes to trial on June 9 and could end up re-distributing billions of dollars in media revenues.

Hmmm…. I wonder what a student athlete would do with their share of the money?

Probably play NCAA College Football 14 while watching College Football Daily on ESPNU.

Lawyers versus lawyers, Part II — That is just one of many antitrust class action lawsuits against the NCAA that are trying to compensate college athletes.

Two of the more notable lawsuits are the one filed against caps on scholarship amounts and the other questioning the NCAA amateurism rules.


No litigation for college cheerleaders, marching bands and team mascots to reward them their piece of the NCAA pie?

Wait for it...

I’m sure one day soon the Buckeye marching band will do a Script “Lawsuit” with Brutus Buckeye doting the ‘i’ while the cheerleaders chant “O- S- SUE”

The Ohio House measure also means that even though people pay to watch junior high and high school sports the athletes participating in those sports are not public employees.

Oh well, it wouldn’t be the first time a seventh grader made more money than me.

In light of University of Connecticut’s winning this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, guard Shabazz Napier said:

“I don’t feel studentathletes should get hundreds of thousands of dollars, but like I said, there are hungry nights that I go to bed and I’m starving”

The NCAA’s Board of Directors reacting to that statement approved a rule change the day before the vote by Northwestern scholarship football players last Friday that allows Division I athletes to receive unlimited meals and snacks.

The new regulations go beyond the previous policy that limited scholarship athletes to three meals per day or a stipend for food.

It’s a start.

What our elected officials in Columbus need to do instead of passing measures against college athletes is to start passing measures to help college athletes.

I’m sure my first idea of dressing all the college head coaches in Ohio in NASCAR style jumpsuits advertising all the fast food restaurants to help feed and offset the cost of providing unlimited meals and snacks for the student athlete wouldn’t pass and probably conflict with most coaches clothing deals.

The Ohio General Assembly should pass legislation that requires the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, PGA, LPGA, PBA and all the other pro sports leagues that entertain customers in the Buckeye state to pay a performance tax that will fund the extra amenities young adults playing sports in Ohio college’s need.

After all, the college and universities in Ohio, along with their athletes, are the “minor leagues” for most professional sports.

(Insert your own Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers or Indians joke here).


2cents's picture

(Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and his yearly $4.2 million salary)

This is absurd and shows us why the US economy is in the tank. I am sorry but Americans are so obsessed with their sports that they are letting this great country fall into bits over stats! College was at one time based on advanced learning, I have a kid in college so do not try to make me look like a creep, I pay the bills and see where it is going. May god bless this country until it gets it's head out of it's A-- !


Urban Meyer makes $4.2 million a year and his organiation generates almost $150 million a year in revenue. His salary represents less than 3% of that. Meanwhile we have the clown in chief Obummber making near $400K a year, spnding millions more on vacations and LOSING trillions a year in overspending and racking up record debt. This country really doe s have its head up its A--!


I agree with you on obama, but Meyer's 3% of sales is excessive.


You guys need to turn the channel and get some real facts!

In general, amateurism requirements do not allow:

Contracts with professional teams
Salary for participating in athletics
Prize money above actual and necessary expenses
Play with professionals
Tryouts, practice or competition with a professional team
Benefits from an agent or prospective agent
Agreement to be represented by an agent
Delayed initial full-time collegiate enrollment to participate in organized sports competition
If they get paid they are no longer amateurs, they are professionals and not allowed to participate in NCAA sanctioned events.