Longhorns Athletic Director Against Player Unionization
The athletic director with the largest budget in the nation said Thursday he doesn’t support paying athletes nor a system in which they can market themselves, and doesn’t understand the recent quest by some Northwestern football players to unionize.
Steve Patterson, who took over as AD at the University of Texas this past November, told ESPN.com that he listened to the case made by former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, which was backed by the College Athletes Players Association, and it wasn’t clear what he was seeking.
“It’s interesting when you look at the objections of the plaintiffs in the case; we address all of them,” Patterson said. “If our athletes get hurt, we pay all their medical bills. If they want to come back and graduate, we pay for them to come back and graduate. We do everything that they say they wanted.”
Northwestern players, who were found by the National Labor Relations Board last month to be university employees, are set to vote on whether to unionize late next week.