On August 17, the NLRB dismissed the representation petition filed by the College Athletes Players Association, which sought collective bargaining representation for scholarship football players at Northwestern. In March 2014, the Chicago Regional Director had decided that the players were “employees” under the NLRA. The full Board didn’t rule either way on this finding but instead unanimously decided that it didn’t want to exercise jurisdiction in the case. According to the Board, it would be difficult for the union to bargain about standards set, not by Northwestern, but by athletic conferences and organizations. The Board commented that in other contexts its exercise of jurisdiction helps promote uniformity and stability in labor relations, but not in this case. Is this the “final horn” on student athletes as employees? Probably not: other players have lawsuits pending in which they claim to be “employees.”