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Harry Reid: ‘Of course‘ NCAA athletes should have right to unionize

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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., walks to his office after arriving on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington.

The ruling by a federal labor official this week that scholarship football players at big-time schools are paid employees who should have the right to unionize was greeted gleefully by many sports columnists and fans, who have long advocated such an approach. Among the celebrants was Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), who called Wednesday’s ruling by a National Labor Relations Board regional director “a good break” for the movement, and pledged to help however he can.

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