N'western AD: Players need vote on issues
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Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips opposes a union with the Wildcats football team but hopes the discussion about athletes' welfare leads to changes, including a voting presence about the issues that most affect them.
The regional director of Chicago's National Labor Relations Board ruled in March that Northwestern football players are employees of the school.
Northwestern appealed the ruling to the national NLRB board and is awaiting its decision.
Wildcats football players voted April 25 on whether to form a union.
Phillips reiterated that athletes aren't employees and college sports "are not the minor leagues."