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Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unanimously ruled that football players at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, could not form a union, reversing its 2014 decision. The ruling was applauded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which argues that college athletes are primarily students, not professionals or employees entitled to paychecks.
  1. Who does the football player in the cartoon represent?
  2. What about the man in the blue suit? Why is he kicking the athlete through the goal posts?
  3. What point do you think the cartoonist is trying to make?
  4. Some people argue that college football players bring in millions of dollars to their universities and should be paid. Others argue that many college athletes receive scholarships in exchange for their play. What do you think? Explain.
  5. Football players at big-time universities put in up to 60 hours a week in games and practice. Do you think they’re primarily students or athletes?