college football en NLRB Sides With College Football Players Hoping To Unionize Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board today could really shake up big-money college sports. The board took the first step in favor of allowing Northwestern University's football players to unionize. A regional director for the board ruled that these college athletes meet the definition of university employees under federal law.<p>NPR's David Schaper joins us now from Chicago. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:51:00 +0000 David Schaper 24334 at Football Fans Say Farewell To The Bowl Championship Series Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. And it's time for sports.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>WERTHEIMER: College football fans are saying goodbye forever to the bowl championship series, and as NFL playoffs skip a kickoff today, wild card weather could be a game changer. For more, I'm joined by NPR's sports correspondent, Tom Goldman. Good morning, Tom.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Happy New Year to you.<p>WERTHEIMER: Thank you very much. And you as well. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 13:19:00 +0000 editor 20875 at Why Black College Football Players Fall Behind In Education New research raises concerns about low graduations rates for black college football players. Host Michel Martin finds out more from education reporter Emily Richmond, and professor Shaun Harper of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:28:00 +0000 editor 20233 at In Shocking Upset, Auburn Beats Alabama With A Historic Play <p></p> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 17:03:00 +0000 editor 19492 at In Shocking Upset, Auburn Beats Alabama With A Historic Play College Football Winds Down Ahead Of Final BCS Championship Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Well, this is rivalry week in college football. It's that annual period when the cheering and the insults get noticeably louder. And this weekend there's some extra spice as games from Alabama to Florida to Michigan could all have an impact on which two teams end up playing for the national championship. This is the last year of the so-called BCS Championship, the Bowl Championship Series.<p>College football fans are happy to know that next year we'll be heading to a playoff season. And let's bring in our sports correspondent Tom Goldman. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:29:00 +0000 David Greene 19424 at Grambling Football Strike: Do College Athletes Have Rights? Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later, if you want to find out what actress Alfre Woodard likes to listen to, to relax or get inspired, we will tell you. But first, we want to talk football. This is the time of year when a number of schools are celebrating homecoming, but there was no homecoming football game at Jackson State University in Mississippi this past weekend. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:49:00 +0000 editor 17839 at UMass Bets Big On Football Program Despite Poor Attendance Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From professional basketball to college football now. The University of Massachusetts Amherst last year moved into the Football Bowl Subdivision, college football's top league. The move didn't happen without growing pains. As New England Public Radio's Henry Epp reports, the challenges go beyond winning games and filling seats.<p>HENRY EPP, BYLINE: Outside Gillette Stadium before the home game against Miami University of Ohio, the tailgate is on, despite thick clouds and persistent drizzle. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:29:00 +0000 editor 17658 at Picking The Gridiron Contenders Next season, there will be a new playoff system for big time college football.<p>A committee, which includes former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, will select the four teams that will play in the semifinals ahead of the championship game.<p>That system will replace the <a href="" target="_blank">Bowl Championship Series</a> which has, until now, determined which college teams play for the national championship.<p><strong>John Bacon, </strong>a journalist who has written about college football, tells <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Here Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:04:12 +0000 editor 17563 at Picking The Gridiron Contenders