Ever-Expanding Jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board

The decision held that the basketball players were employees of Dartmouth because the college had the right to control their work by scheduling practice times, strictly managing away-game travel, and issuing a handbook of rules, which players must follow; and because the college compensated the players for their work. The decision dismisses Dartmouth’s contention that athletic clothing and equipment, which the school provides equally to all team members free of charge, is not salary because the college does not provide more of these items to its starters compared to nonstarters. While the Board rejected Dartmouth’s request to stay the election pending appeal, a full appeal of the merits of the regional directors will soon see the Board members weigh in on this extraordinary extension of the agency’s jurisdiction into amateur athletics.

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