Last year, a NLRB regional director issued a surprise ruling - Northwestern University scholarship football players are university employees under the National Labor Relations Act and can unionize. Northwestern threw the challenge flag and the NLRB overturned the regional director’s initial decision. The NLRB found that it has no jurisdiction over the vast majority of public collegiate universities. It also reasoned that allowing one school’s players to be unionized would not promote labor relations and could upset the balance of competition. Interestingly, the NLRB did not overrule the regional director’s determination that the players are “employees” – saving the issue of student-athletes’ eligibility to unionize for some time in the future. For now, signing bonuses and lucrative contracts are limited to the professional ranks.