Neb's Bell says Colter asks for help in union push

Apr 10, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska football player Kenny Bell says Kain Colter has approached him about enlisting the Cornhuskers in the movement that could lead to the formation of a college athletes union.

Bell and Colter, the former Northwestern quarterback, are longtime friends from Colorado. Bell, who will be a senior receiver this fall, said Wednesday he and Colter have been discussing possible unionization for about a year.

Colter spearheaded an effort at Northwestern that ended up with a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruling that football players at that school meet the definition of employees and can unionize. The Northwestern players are set to vote April 25th on whether to proceed. The school is appealing the ruling.

Bell said he isn't sure a union is the answer to athletes' concerns.

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