Originally Posted by MassNole
I'd also imagine that behind the scenes this law passing means some established big unions don't necessarily want this happening. Additionally the most recent SCOTUS decision on public unions would essentially make a player Union worthless.
The Governor of Michigan is totally anti union, so I doubt any unions support this decision. It isn't a public union since student athletes aren't recognized as public employees. They have no access to state disability benefits, etc.
States that give student athletes the right to unionize will kill state schools that cannot unionize, in recruiting and you have to wonder if any Governor will survive politically if they become responsible for the demise of their state universities ability to compete in football and basketball.
Once colleges start paying student athletes then they become employees and the pressure will be on states to match what other states are paying their athletes, it will be real competition and any state that doesn't want to compete will become also rans. Sure, at that point states can claim they are state employees and forbid a union, but what will that accomplish except to destroy the competitiveness of their major athletic programs.
As I said previously, a can of worms that colleges have been dreading, has opened and who knows what it will look like in the end, but you can bet that a lot of schools will want to compete and accept whatever that means and if Michigan schools want to compete, they will have to follow suit or be left far behind states that accept the coming changes.
The way college football operates today will become a faint memory that you'll tell your grandchildren about.