I'm not so sure the NLRB/USC decision means the death of amateurism is nigh
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On Thursday morning, the NCAA announced a somewhat conventional pick to be the organization's new president... Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
On Thursday evening, the world got another reminder why the NCAA needed an outside-the-box type hire, and why this gig is going to be hard.
The National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) Los Angeles region found "merit" in unfair labor practice charges surrounding USC athletics. The organization believes that USC, the Pac-12 and the NCAA have improperly classified college athletes as "student-athletes", rather than employees. Sportico has led the charge in reporting on this issue, and has more technical details here.
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