A mission-oriented approach to the NCAA student-athlete dilemma

Where can student-athletes, athletic programs and the NCAA meet on the issue of potential players unions? The issue was brought to the spotlight of collegiate athletics when, in March 2014, the Chicago division of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in favor of recognizing Northwestern University football players’ right to try to unionize. Understanding the need for student-athlete excellence both on and off the court as critical to collegiate success, here is a mission-oriented approach to the dilemma.