The impact of last week’s National Labor Relations Board ruling in Chicago, declaring football players at Northwestern to be recognized as employees of the university, does not have a direct impact at public institutions at this time. This does not mean coaches at public schools are not taking notice of what could be a changing landscape in collegiate athletics. At Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer wonders if the unionization of college football players is good for the sport, and collegiate athletics in general.
“[To] say (players) can go out and get their own shoe contract and things like that,” Meyer said, according to The Columbus Dispatch. “I think, ‘What would that do for this great sport, and really, what would that do for college athletics?’ ”
At the heart of the NLRB ruling that supported the College Athletes Players Association was the argument that student athletes put in a tremendous number of hours to prepare and train for football, which may lead to less time for academics. Meyer recognizes this, but says measures have already been taken into consideration with the rules to allow for academics.
“A quarterback can’t play college football at a high, high level at 20 hours per week,” Meyer said. “He’s got to do it on his own. I think it’s a great rule.”
Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.
Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.
“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”
Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.
This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.
Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.
Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.
Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.