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US National Labour Relations Board rules Northwestern football players are employees: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University sports expert Geoffrey Smith is available to discuss the ruling by the US National Labour Relations Board which states football players at Northwestern University are employees and able to unionize.

"Differences between Canadian and American university athletics are crucial in helping to explain why this kind of development can't happen in Canada," says Dr. Smith. 

Northwestern officials opposed the petition by the student athletes saying that the players are students, not employees. The athletes are seeking better medical coverage, concussion testing, 4-year scholarships, and the possibility of being paid.

Dr. Smith is a professor emeritus of physical and health education and of history at Queen's. He taught the social and cultural history and the sociology of sport in the United States and Canada.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Rosie Hales at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca, or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca.

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