CHICAGO (AP) - A sports economist has taken the stand at a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chicago on a bid by Northwestern football players who want to create the nation's first college athletes' union.
Union attorneys called Southern Utah University economist David Berri Wednesday morning.
But before he could begin, the agency hearing officer overseeing the case questioned whether his testimony is relevant to the main question. That's whether or not the football players are or aren't employees. If they are, they have a legal right to unionize.
An attorney for the union argued the economist would explain how college football has become big business and therefore needs employees like the Wildcats' football players.
The judge said she would rule later in the morning on whether the economist could testify.
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