PODCAST: College football to get unions?

Kain Colter of the Northwestern Wildcats is grabbed by Ryan Shazier of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ryan Field on October 5, 2013 in Evanston, Ill. Colter had previously testified that ”there's no way around” the fact that football is a “job.”

The government revised upward its assessment of the economy; gross domestic product for October to December increased from a 2.4 percent annualized rate of growth to 2.6 percent. We consult Diane Swonk, chief finacial officer at Mesirow Financial in Chicago, for some perspective.

And, in his ruling, Peter Ohr, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board wrote that there is abundant evidence student athletes are treated as employees. He cited the long hours (over 40 per week) spent training, wrote that athletes are paid, in the form of scholarships, and noted that Northwestern rakes in big bucks and prestige when the football team wins.

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBrancaccio

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