NCAA has said they feel that unionized athletes are a "grossly inappropriate" reaction. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
The NCAA legislative council has approved a new rule which would allow athletes to receive an unlimited number of meals and snacks from their schools, as opposed to the three-a-day limit that previously existed.
The NCAA has drawn increasing scrutiny for its treatment of athletes who bring millions of dollars to their schools each year but are held to strict rules about receiving pay and other benefits.
The meal rule was recently highlighted following UConn's national championship in men's basketball, when tournament Most Outstanding Player Shabazz Napier told reporters that he would sometimes "go to bed starving" because of the meal restrictions.
Other rule changes approved by the council include a required three-hour rest between offseason practices for football teams and a requirement that all strength and conditioning coaches pass a national certification test.
The rules will not go into effect until a board of directors meeting is held later this month.