So the existing college players union thread seems to have gone straight to the "Theyre already paid" vs. " but Delany makes BILLIONS" argument, and I think the union goes deeper than that. Specifically, let's leave that money/stipend/pay-for-play discussion in the other thread and focus on what OTHER things NCAA athletes could attempt to bargain for.
Coulter commented that right now Athletes don't even have a seat at the bargaining table. Now, presumably, they will. If I'm an NCAA athlete I have a few things that I'd like to see:
1 - rewrite the LOI with protections for players. Currently LOIs are an extremely 1-way contract, as seen when Les Miles tells a kid who is moving into the dorms that he doesn't have a scholarship. I'd like to see universal transfer rules (eligible immediately if a coach leaves, able to go anywhere out-of-conference) and 4-5 year scholarships
2 - additional year of non-eligible scholarship education: All players get 1 additional year of tuition/room/board beyond their playing years (capped at 5 years). If the NCAA really is about educating college athletes, get them more education. If players are leaving for the pros doing what is best for them, keep them connected to their college and have the protection for the students if the pros doesn't work.
3 - streamlined compliance rules - seriously, bagels = OK, cream cheese = violation. Let's get some players in the room when those rules are being discussed.
4 - recruiting communication rules - same thing. Let the athletes discuss the rules as to how their lives will be changed.
Anything else? There are already practice time constraints. Should there be protections/benefits for interviews/photoshoots? How about player input on "countable hours"?