COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio lawmakers have passed a budget proposal that says college athletes are not public employees under state law.
The idea cleared the state Legislature Wednesday as part of a broader bill now headed to the governor's desk. Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign it.
The employee status of full-scholarship football players became an issue in March, after a federal labor official ruled Northwestern University football players are employees and have a right to unionize.
If the appealed ruling holds, it could have widespread repercussions in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry.
Supporters of the Ohio provision say it could have little immediate effect but would clarify state law if the issue arises.
The Northwestern players voted on unionization April 25, but the ballots are sealed until after the appeals process.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

NCAAF Headlines

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail LSU Win-Total Prediction Can Ed Orgeron lead LSU back to the pinnacle of college football in the 2017 season? Here’s our take on what the...
Thumbnail Florida State Win-Total Prediction Can Florida State get back to...
Thumbnail Oklahoma Win-Total Prediction With the Bob Stoops-era coming to an end, can the Oklahoma Soonersstill be among the nation’s best team in the 2017 season?
Thumbnail Nebraska Season Win Total Prediction Is Nebraska's win total for 2017 set too high? Let's take a look at the Cornhuskers' upcoming season.

NCAAF Team Pages