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?