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Baylor president Ken Starr opposes NLRB ruling in favor of players union

Ken Starr, currently serving as the president of Baylor, is strongly opposed to a ruling made by the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board in favor of allowing college football players at Northwestern a right to form a union. Speaking to a House Education and Workforce Committee hearing in Washington D.C. on Thursday, Starr suggested the union was the wrong direction to go.

Starr did go on record suggesting college athletes should be given a full cost of attendance scholarship, but he may have made a mistake at one point by talking about the athlete handbook, perhaps not realizing the Northwestern ruling was made in part because a different handbook is printed for student athletes.

Starr was the first witness to testify during the hearing. During the hearing he also suggested religiously affiliated schools could be expected to challenge the NLRB’s authority to regulate them.

In the end, the union movement continues to be a political sticking point for many. Perhaps one day we can have a separation of football and state as well?

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13 Responses to “Baylor president Ken Starr opposes NLRB ruling in favor of players union”
  1. mhalt99 says: May 8, 2014 4:00 PM

    is he embarrassed that players on the football team put in more work hours in a week than he does…..or is he afraid that paying players will come from his HIGHLY overpaid salary?

  2. tgaustin says: May 8, 2014 4:33 PM

    How many hours a week does he work and what does he get paid?

  3. lbijake says: May 8, 2014 4:44 PM

    That settles it. if Ken Starr doesn’y approve, it cannot be any good. D**K H**D.

  4. rolltide510 says: May 8, 2014 4:45 PM

    Gosh, its almost like we found a reason to write an article about a politically polarizing figure just to drive site traffic or something.

  5. Deb says: May 8, 2014 5:36 PM

    @rolltide510 …

    It’s true that Starr is politically polarizing, but (other than the issue regarding religiously affiliated schools) his position on players unionizing certainly isn’t unique among college administrators. His name attracts attention, but I’d agree with mhalt99 whether these comments came from Starr, Bama’s president, or Mizzou’s.

    The NCAA and the universities created this situation–just as abusive employers created the need for the first workplace unions. If they’d done right by the kids, this wouldn’t be happening. They have only themselves to blame for whatever havoc may be wreaked in college sports going forward.

  6. ytownjoe says: May 8, 2014 5:39 PM

    Ken Starr? How many millions of government money did he blow to expose a sex act?
    What in the world qualifies him to be a university president?
    He’s nothing but a political hack. My opinion of Baylor is certainly diminished.

  7. rolltide510 says: May 8, 2014 5:56 PM

    Way to get trolled, ytownjoe.

  8. tendigitpoet says: May 8, 2014 6:46 PM

    Deb says:

    “The NCAA and the universities created this situation–just as abusive employers created the need for the first workplace unions. If they’d done right by the kids, this wouldn’t be happening.”

    That is precisely why the labor movement started, and why a college football players’ union will eventually happen, whether at Northwestern or somewhere else.

  9. wilburmills says: May 8, 2014 7:36 PM

    Ken Starr? Baylor should be ashamed….

  10. goodfieldnohit says: May 8, 2014 10:16 PM

    He threatened to sue A&M when they announced they were leaving for the SEC. Blowhard.

  11. artworkworld says: May 9, 2014 1:28 AM

    What a shock! Ken Starr is acting like a stupid, arrogant, partisan, douchebag. Who would have thought? He is usually such a thoughtful non partisan person. I would expect him to apply Aristotle like logic & really think about what would be best for all involved instead of just what would be best for him & scumbags like him.

  12. corvusrex96 says: May 9, 2014 12:59 PM

    Starr never seems to have an objective point of view . If I was on the fence about unions for college football players , hearing him would solidify my support of them

  13. nc04bear says: May 17, 2014 11:37 AM

    You gotta throw away your old opinions of Ken Starr if you are objective. He is simply fighting for Baylor University and what they stand for. They are a Christian sch00l who who does not want a draconian govt dictating their actions. Most people simply forget that Baylor left its affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention, but it still espouses family and tradition. Yes, there was a problem with Brittany Griner, but it was her choice to choose BU and BU dealt with that issue. We love Brittany even though she may have negative things to say about university from her sexuality standpoint.

    In fact, the rise in the football program is due in large part to the vision of faith, family, and commitment. We are the only private school in the big 12 yet more and more 4-star players and showing up and their player development program is why they had more players in this years draft than any other big12 school.

    I hope we do get trash talked every week. It’s just more free fuel. So please keep trashing us and we’ll see you on the field.

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