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Northwestern QB says college athletics is a job

CHICAGO (AP) - The National Labor Relations Board has opened a closely watched hearing on a bid to form what would be the first union for college athletes in U.S. history.


     Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter opened the hearing by testifying that he was essentially paid to play via his scholarship. Colter characterized playing college football as a job and said schools make clear to incoming players that athletics are a higher priority than academics.


     Colter is a co-founder of the newly-formed College Athletes Players Association. When asked why Northwestern gave him a scholarship of $75,000 a year, he responded: "To play football. To perform an athletic service."

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