This should be interesting (college athletes players union?)

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  1. GatorDoc74
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    What happens if the players choose to strike, say the day before the Georgia or FSU game? If the players are in a union and are deemed to be employees, will their compensation (tuition, room, board, books, medical care, any stipend that they receive) be taxed as income? If not, why not? If so, how will they pay those taxes? If a player gets suspended and the union files a grievance, will his suspension be placed on hold until the grievance is settled? What happens if the coach decides to bench him anyway? The questions go on and on.

    I don't recall any laborers in the "old" plantation system getting the opportunity to earn a valuable college degree, or getting specialized training that ultimately resulted in their achievement of great wealth and fame. Their participation on the plantation was coerced and not optional or voluntary. To refer to college football as a "plantation system" is an insult to their memory. I think I know what you were trying to imply, but please use a different analogy.
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    Doc. give me almost any one of the kids and if they want an education they will get one full ticket without ever putting on pads.
    But, you point about the plantation system is otherwise well taken. I am not the first to use it but this will be my last.
    I apologize.
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    It will be just like every other union. They start out very vanilla in their demands and as time goes on, they demand more and more. It will be impossible to kick anyone off the team because the Union will not allow it. There will be dissension on the team and the Union will start demanding who will play and when they will play. This will kill College Football. I hope it falls flat on its face.
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    The day the team turns into a union shop is that last day I attend a game in person.
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    I'd like to see this end up in the courts a la the USFL lawsuit and the players get to divy up $3.
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    So lets see that 3$ divided by 1500 or more = diddly squat
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    How about we calculate the value of the tv time each player received? These guys basically get a 3 hour long infomercial each time they play. What does it costs to buy a 30 second spot during these games? I think the taxes for the value of the free "stuff" would be an eye opener. Would they have to pay state "jock taxes" for the states they travel to and receive benefits in like pros?

    How about the nfl does what it should and create a no restrictions minor league and then we can return college football to COLLEGE football and let kids make a choice. Go for the money or the education.
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    College football is the football equivalent of minor league baseball... only it makes a helluva lot more money, and the players take much more risk, for much less compensation.
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    There are pros and cons to unions, and unions almost invariably do themselves more harm than good in the long run. But they generally come into being, because the people involved need representation in order to deal with issues of grossly disparate compensation inequities and/or egregious workplace safety issues and their long term consequences.

    One could argue that both of those problems apply wrt CFB.

    If CFB moved proactively to address those issues, then there wouldn't be any need for a union.
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    HELL NO!
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    Unions have reps that must be paid... so, no offence to you, but BS on that lie about pay.
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    You must have forgotten how many times those Union lead leagues stopped playing too.. Can you imagine college football being canceled? Which is the least of the problems with armature athletes getting Union representation... Why do they need representation? It's a back door to play for pay. And lawyers (agents) are drooling over the money they themselves will be raking in as negotiations drag college ball into the gutter.

    No thank you, I can hardly watch Pro-ball, 'cept for the former Gators playing in the game/s..
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    As Uncle Si on Duck Dynasty is fond of saying: "Nah"
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    They aren't
    They won't
    It results in a corrupt system where cheaters prosper.
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    Maybe someone will buy them off. :rolleyes:
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    Really? What exactly do we have now?
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    And you really think this happens in pro sports?
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