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“Getting paid would be everyone’s desire” if Miami players unionized

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You better believe football players around the country are keeping a close eye on the union movement initiated by Northwestern football players. The goal of having players paid for playing may not be one of the top objectives of the union movement at this time, but it is one of the most popular topics of conversation.

“It would be smart” to unionize, tight end Clive Walford said, according to The Miami Herald. Walford went on to say he would be interested in starting a union at Miami if things go well for Northwestern’s players. “Getting paid would be everyone’s desire.”

Talk about a money quote. Walford’s statement may be a bit of an exaggeration or one that overlooks the overall mission of the union movement, but it may also not be without an ounce of truth. If given an opportunity to be paid, what player would turn it down? For now, players are keeping a watchful eye on how this all plays out in Chicago.

“If it starts turning out good at Northwestern, people would start doing it here,” offensive guard Jon Feliciano added. Right now the union movement only relates to private institutions. Because Miami is a private institution, Miami football players could theoretically pursue their own union as well. Right now though, Northwestern’s case is being used as the litmus test before any other movements follow.

“But if nothing really happens, no one will follow.,” Feliciano said. “We have a lot of wild personalities on this team, so there’s a bunch of people that might try. It’s not my main focus right now. But if we do start a union, I would not be opposed to it.”

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16 Responses to ““Getting paid would be everyone’s desire” if Miami players unionized”
  1. mauldawg says: Apr 2, 2014 12:45 PM

    Some school will save money. They are over paying players now. You know who you are. I think if players are paid then they should be like most other students. Pay your own way to school,buy your own food and pay for your books and Dorm room. Don’t forget you must pay taxes if you are paid by the school. Lets see how long college football will last once this happens.

  2. meatcarroll says: Apr 2, 2014 1:41 PM

    Good. Revolutionize this blatant corruption. It’s obscene a bunch of fat dweebs earn millions for sitting on their ass negotiating television contracts while the players that actually provide the product aren’t allowed to see the guy.

    Anyone against the movement is too naive to understand that there is no way athletic scholarships would be provided if the players weren’t being shortchanged. These are ruthless businessmen, this whole system exists because there’s a balance of iniquity favoring the school about 90 to 10.

  3. meatcarroll says: Apr 2, 2014 1:41 PM

    Good. Revolutionize this blatant corruption. It’s obscene a bunch of fat dweebs earn millions for sitting on their ass negotiating television contracts while the players that actually provide the product aren’t allowed to see the guy.

    Anyone against the movement is too naive to understand that there is no way athletic scholarships would be provided if the players weren’t being shortchanged. These are ruthless businessmen, this whole system exists because there’s a balance of iniquity favoring the school about 90 to 10.

  4. germanflats13a38 says: Apr 2, 2014 1:53 PM

    Did I not just read an article about minor league baseball players suing because their contracts called for them to be paid below minimum wage. I think mauldawg is pointing out a likely scenario.

  5. thraiderskin says: Apr 2, 2014 1:53 PM

    How is what he said an exaggeration? This was always about the money, sure Northwestern cloaked it in medical benefits, but that really has nothing to do with anything. If health was such a concern and medical benefits were off the table, why are the players still playing? Money talks and these kids have no idea what they are about to destroy. CFB was a beneficial opportunity for many of these kids, an opportunity that many will no longer get, because these players want to push the bottom line. How does a voluntary thing like playing sports somehow constitute forced labor?

  6. mauldawg says: Apr 2, 2014 2:00 PM

    Ya they sure are under paid. Four to six years of free education,even though al least 60% of the players IMO more or less cant sign their own name or read. They have been given grades since grade school. Free food,free dorm room,free books( even thought they have never been opened). Most of the time when busted by the legal system the charges are reduced or dropped. This is true with the big time schools. Or better yet the AD and Coach keep them around. Being shortchanged,what a joke.

  7. thraiderskin says: Apr 2, 2014 2:03 PM

    @meatCarroll, then let them go do something else! No one is forcing them to play college ball.

  8. donovandancy says: Apr 2, 2014 2:48 PM

    Ok players. Have it you’re way. The NCAA should pay you twice the salary of minor league sports players. That’s about $24,000.

    Also, colleges will no longer be able to give scholarships to players. PLayers must pay them out of pocket. Living expenses, food, transportation all must be paid out of pocket too. All colleges also must charge fair fees for gym usage, as well as professional coaching.

    Then, in a year when most of these players are nearly homeless, eating Ramen to survive, and actually have legitimate complaints we can go back to the current system which PAYS THEM ALREADY MORE THAN ANY OTHER MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM DOES.

    The best part is when they unionize and strike . . . thus ceasing to be athletes . . . their scholarships will no longer need to be offered! Won’t that be great? To see the next whiney spittle-mouthed brick-brained athlete struggling to read the paper ending their college career and forcing to actuallyjoin the real football minor leagues?

    Hello CFL and AFL! Johnny Fries-With-That is coming to play!

  9. Professor Fate says: Apr 2, 2014 5:39 PM

    Based on comments I see here I’m amazed some of you call yourself fans of the game.

  10. musketmaniac says: Apr 2, 2014 5:41 PM

    last straws of hate. If the players start getting paid, the hate will grow. lol, but they’ll still watch.

  11. 35longmiles says: Apr 2, 2014 7:36 PM

    But Miami is shit ass BROKE. lol…has beens.

  12. lawson1974 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:35 PM

    They are already paid.

  13. stoicpaisano says: Apr 2, 2014 11:22 PM

    Gibsmedat

  14. tomtravis76 says: Apr 3, 2014 12:28 AM

    The free education, gym, books, housing, meal plan, health insurance would all be part of a benefits package agreed upon in the contractual agreement for a player to come work at a school.

  15. thomasreilly says: Apr 3, 2014 8:20 AM

    “But Miami is shit ass BROKE. lol…has beens.”

    They are not broke because of their football program, they are broke in spite of their football program.

    The entire fiscal model of adademia has become warped. Football subsidizes science. Basketball pays for faculty and stadiums have become the cathedrals of our time. Students graduate with exorbitant amounts of debt relative to their potential income. Alum donate millions to educational institutions based on the success of athletic programs which accept student athletes with lower academic qualifications.

    Gut the system and start over. Go start minor leagues for 18-21 year old athletes and quit pretending that they are students. Go back to the days of club sports at universities.

  16. ratsfoiledagain says: Apr 3, 2014 12:46 PM

    Miami players have been getting paid for three decades. Now they need more? Where’s that Shapiro fella when you need him?

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