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Northwestern University football athletes given green light to unionize

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(03/26/14) - The National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that players at Northwestern University in Chicago who receive football scholarships "fall squarely" with the broad definition of employees.

The landmark ruling gives the athletes the green light to unionize, potentially paving the way for the creation of the nation's first college athlete union.

The ruling, if allowed to stand, would have a major impact on college sports.

Northwestern University is filing an immediate appeal.

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