February 18, 2014
Kain Colter compared college football at Northwestern to a "job" that can inhibit athletes' chances to succeed academically.
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Tuesday's meeting was the first of several days of testimony. The two sides will meet again on Wednesday morning and deliberations are expected to continue through Friday. A Northwestern official said that Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Brian Baptiste and Deputy Director of Athletics Janna Blais will testify later this week on behalf of Northwestern. The NLRB's decision is expected to be appealed to the national board in Washington and possibly up to the Supreme Court. Other private universities will keep close watch on what the board ultimately decides, as it has the potential to alter athletes' relationships with their universities. The decision will not affect public schools because their collective bargaining rights do not fall under the NLRA.

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