An Inquiry Into Unionized College Football

  • Aired:  06/10/14
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Jordan Klepper attempts to understand why college athletes are so eager to be represented as NCAA employees under unions instead of playing for the love of the game. (5:36)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

YESTERDAY, JUSTYESTERDAY... YESTERDAY

THE NCAA SETTLED A LAWSUIT WITHFORMER COLLEGE BASKETBALL

AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS WHO WERESEEKING COMPENSATION FOR THE

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROFITTHE NCAA HAD MADE OFF THEIR

LIKENESS AND VIDEO GAMES.

SO NOW THE NCAA ADVANCES IN THEBRACKET TO THEIR NEXT LAWSUIT.

BUT WHERE WILL IT END?

WITH FAIRLY COMPENSATINGATHLETES FOR THE UNGODLY AMOUNTS

OF MONEY THEY BRING INTO THENCAA?

I HOPE NOT.

THIS IS AMERICA.

HOW FAR CAN IT GO?

JORDAN KLEPPER HAS MORE.

>> COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS THE LASTBASTION OF SPORTS AMATEURISM,

WHERE STUDENT-ATHLETES PLAY FORTHE LOVE OF THE -- OH, DAMN, DID

YOU SEE THAT HIT?

HE GOT CRUSHED!

BUT NOW THIS SPORT IS BEINGRUINED BY PLAYERS LIKE KAIN

COLTER, SEEN HERE SELFISHLY RITEWRITHING ON THE GROUND, WHO

INSIST THEY DESERVE MORE.

>> YOU KNOW, RIGHT NOW NOT ONEPENNY IS GUARANTEED TO PAY FOR

OUR MEDICAL EXPENSES.

YOU HEAR ALL THESE HORRORSTORIES ABOUT PLAYERS LOSING

THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS WHEN THEY'VEBEEN INJURED.

WHAT ARE THESE KIDS GOING DO?

>> THEY SHOULD GET A SECOND JOB.

>> WE ALREADY HAVE FALL-TIMEJOB.

WE DON'T HAVE TIME GET A SECONDJOB.

>> OK, WELL THEN WHY DON'T YOUJUST SELL KAIN COLTER JERSEYS,

MAKE SOME EXTRA CASH.

>> YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO PROFITOFF YOUR LIKENESS.

>> WHY DON'T YOU JUST JOINANOTHER LEAGUE?

>> THERE IS NO OTHER LEAGUE.

>> YOU HAVE A LOT OF COMPLAINTS.

>> UNFORTUNATELY RIGHT NOW, YOUKNOW, A LOT OF THOSE EXPENSES

DOWN THE ROAD ARE GONNA BECOMING OUT OF OUR OWN POCKET

EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW, WESUFFERED THE INJURIES WEARING

OUR SCHOOL'S COLORS.

>> DON'T YOU THINK WHEN YOU GOIN WITH BACK PAIN, THAT THAT

DOCTOR INSTEAD OF MONEYWILL ACCEPT A NICE

LITTLE ANECDOTE ABOUT HOW FUNIT WAS TO BEAT WISCONSIN?

>> WE DIDN'T BEAT WISCONSIN.

>> OH.

WELL, THAT'S ON YOU.

WHETHER IT'S COULTER AND OTHERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETES ONCE AGAIN

WHINING THAT THEY DESERVE A CUTOF NCAA PROFIT OR BRAND-NEW

COMPLAINTS ABOUT LOSING THEIRELIGIBILITY BECAUSE THEY PLAYED

PICK-UP FOOTBALL WHILE SERVINGIN THE MILITARY...

>> IT WAS JUST AN INTRAMURALLEAGUE, YOU KNOW, TO BUILD

CAMARADERIE BETWEEN TROOPS.

I DIDN'T FIGURE THEY WOULDPENALIZE ME FOR THAT.

BUT THEN COULTER DID SOMETHINGTRULY DESPICABLE.

>> NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY'SFOOTBALL TEAM IS ASKING TO BE

REPRESENTED BY A LABOR UNION.

>> YES, A UNION.

COULTER IS ACTUALLY TRYING CLAIMTHAT HE'S AN EMPLOYEE OF THE

UNIVERSITY.

CLEARLY THE FOOTBALL PLAYERSSHOULD STICK TO FOOTBALL.

>> FUMBLE, FUMBLE.

FUMBLE.

>> YOU ALL RIGHT?>> YEAH.

>> YOU OKAY?>>YEAH.

I'M GOOD.

>> YOU'RE NOT AN EMPLOYEE.

YOU'RE A FOOTBALL PLAYER.

>> NO, WE ARE EMPLOYEES. JUSTLIKE THE NFL PLAYERS ARE

EMPLOYEES, COLLEGE FOOTBALLPLAYERS ARE EMPLOYEES.

>> AN EMPLOYEE HAS TO SIGN ACONTRACT.

>> COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS SIGNONE-YEAR TENDER AGREEMENTS FOR

THE SCHOLARSHIP.

>> ALRIGHT, WELL, EMPLOYEES HAVETO WORK LIKE 40 HOURS A WEEK.

>> WE SPEND 50 TO 60 HOURS AWEEK PRACTICING IN THE OFF

SEASON.

>> WELL, EMPLOYEES GETCOMPENSATION.

>> WE'RE COMPENSATED IN THE FORMOF A SCHOLARSHIP, ROOM, TUITION

AND BOARD.

>> EMPLOYEES DON'T LIVE INDORMS.

[LAUGHTER]OH.

OH, GOTCHA.

MEANWHILE, TRUE COLLEGE FOOTBALLFANS LIKE REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST

DEE DEE BENKIE UNDERSTAND THATTO OFFER THE PLAYERS

COMPENSATION OF ANY KIND WOULDDESTROY THIS BELOVED SPORT.

>> FUMBLE.

FUMBLE.

FUMBLE.

>> THEY GET FREE ROOM AND BOARD,A FREE EDUCATION AND THEY'RE

PLAYING THE GAME THEY LOVE.

THAT'S NOT ENOUGH?

>> THESE GUYS ARE GETTING FREEWATER ON THE SIDELINES.

>> EXACTLY.

>> FREE GATORADE.

>> YES.

>> FREE TRIPS ON THE LITTLE CARTTHAT TAKES YOU TO THE EMERGENCY

ROOM.

>> WELL, THAT'S UP TO THEM.

IF THEY DON'T WANT TO PLAYFOOTBALL, THEY CAN DO SOMETHING

ELSE.

THESE FOOTBALL PLAYERS SHOULD BEPLAYING FOR THE LOVE OF THE

GAME.

>> EXACTLY.

TAKE A LESSON FROM THE NCAA ANDTHEIR SPONSORS WHO PUT ON THEIR

ANNUAL BOWL GAME SERIES FOR THELOVE OF THE -- WAIT.

WHO THE [BLEEPED] IS BEEF 'O'BRADY?

OK, MAYBE THE NCAA DOES MAKE $11BILLION A YEAR, BUT UNIONS ARE

NOT THE ANSWER.

SAYS THE NCAA.

>> USING A UNION EMPLOYEE MODELSTRIKES MOST PEOPLE AS GROSSLY

INAPPROPRIATE SOLUTION TO THEPROBLEM.

>> AND THESE PLAYERS HAD NO IDEAHOW INAPPROPRIATE.

>> WHAT ARE THESE FOOTBALLPLAYERS GOING TO DO IF THEY

UNIONIZE?

DO THEY GET A MANDATORY SMOKEBREAK EVERY HOUR?

WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY STRIKE?

UNIONS ARE OVERBEARING. THEY'REWORTHLESS.

THEY WANT TO CONTROL EVERYTHING.

THEY JUST TRY TO BE MONEYGRABBING LOSERS AND TRY TAKE THE

MONEY OUT OF HARD-WORKINGAMERICANS' POCKETS.

>> DEE DEE, THE CREW IS UNION,SO THEY CONTROL... THE PLAYERS

ARE DETERMINED TO TAKE THIS TOTHE COURT, FORCING CRITICS

LIKE BENKIE TO SEE THAT,OKAY, MAYBE THESE

PLAYERS SHOULD GET A SMALL,SMALL, TINY SLICE OF THE PIE.

>> THE NCAA, THEY HAVE A TON OFCASH.

THEY NEED TO BEEF UP THESCHOLARSHIPS.

I AGREE WITH THAT.

I THINK MOST PEOPLE DO.

>> THEY NEED TO BEEF UP THESCHOLARSHIPS A LITTLE BIT.

THEY JUST NEED SOME GROUP THATCOULD MAYBE COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN

ON THEIR BEHALF.

>> WELL, I DON'T KNOW THAT.

NO. KEEP THE UNIONS OUT OF IT.

>> KEEP THE UNIONS OUT OF IT.

NOW IS THE TIME TO SHOW COLTERWHAT UNIONIZED COLLEGE FOOTBALL

WOULD REALLY LOOK LIKE.

>> WHOA, YOU DON'T RUN ALL THEWAY.

YOU ARE 40 TO 30, YOU HAND ITOFF TO MY MAN HERE, HE'S 30 TO

20.

>> A GAME THAT'S NOTHING BUTHALF-ASS WORK PUNCTUATED BY

SMOKE BREAKS.

>> SLOW DOWN! SLOW DOWN! THISTEAM GETS PAID BY THE HOUR.

GIVE IT TO YOUR LOCAL TENS.

FILL OUT YOUR W-9s AND LETTHE END ZONE DANCING LOCAL 20

FINISH THE JOB.

>> HEY, ALL RIGHT.

>> Jon: JORDAN KLEPPER.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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