… “I don’t like to make predictions,” LeRoy said, “but I will say, given what I have seen, it’s only a matter of time before there is another (unionization effort involving) a Division I private school football or basketball program. That will likely result in a vote for union representation and then that school will be between a rock and a hard place because the NCAA rules will say you can’t treat these folks as employees.
“And the NLRB will say (to the school) ‘It doesn’t matter what the NCAA is saying, because you now have a union that you have to bargain with.’ … And I would predict for you, based on the California NIL experience, that the NCAA would capitulate to this and allow schools to form employment relationships.”
Why is this a problem for the NCAA’s business model? Cartwright explains: