Could the unionization movement stray outside of Northwestern? Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell is longtime friend of former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and said Colter has asked him to help in any way possible.
''They've got a lot of smart guys heading up that thing,'' Bell said Wednesday (via the AP). ''I'm always supportive of Kain in everything he does. I'll probably get a little more involved going forward.''
Colter has led the Northwestern union push, but after using his last year of eligibility in 2013 he is no longer a member of the team. His absence may be impacting the union enthusiasm at Northwestern, too. With the vote on unionization set for April 25, current Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian said Wednesday he's against unionizing.
However, Bell said he wasn't sure if unionization was the answer either. But he does support increasing the benefits given to players. He's not alone in that regard. Former Ohio State safety Christian Bryant recently suggested giving players between $5,000-10,000.
''A lot of guys don't really know - not just in our locker room, but across the country - what a union necessarily entails,'' Bell said. ''I'll tell you one thing: you can't afford to pay dues because we don't have enough money to eat sometimes. I think a lot of research needs to be done on behalf of the players before they just jump into it.''
We likely won't know the results of any Northwestern vote until the appeals process is finished, and that process could take a long time. Northwestern officially appealed the National Labor Relations Board ruling in favor of the players Wednesday.
But even if it is upheld, any union at a state school such as Nebraska would be trickier than at a private university like Northwestern; all unions at state universities would be subject to state law.
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