Now, however, I was demanding that Pscholka think critically, both about his bill and about the larger topic of college sports amateurism. Why, I asked him, did former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner not deserve to make money like other students? Was he really worth nothing on the free market?
"I'm done," Pscholka said. "I'm done. You've talked to me for 40 minutes."
Pscholka was off by 23 minutes. But never mind math. I asked for one more question. True to his word, Pscholka was "done," staying silent on the line for a few seconds before finally hanging up.
"Nothing specific," [Pscholka] said, "and I think Northwestern was probably more of the impetus than anything else."
Pscholka was referring to Northwestern University football players winning the right to unionize at the regional level of the National Labor Relations Board last March. The NLRB's national office is still weighing an appeal of the decision, though it's likely the players will prevail. Yet whatever happens, the ruling has little to do with Michigan.
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