Labor complaint filed over 'student-athlete' classification

NOW: Labor complaint filed over ’student-athlete’ classification

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- ABC57's Allison Hayes sat down with Notre Dame Athletics Director Emeritus Jack Swarbrick before the Blue-Gold Game to discuss the impact of name, image, and likeness rules will have on college sports and higher education.

He also explained why he opposes football and basketball players being classified as employees.

The University of Notre Dame released a statement on April 22, saying: 

"As Notre Dame's Statement of Principles for Intercollegiate Athletics asserts, Athletics is an integrated participant in and contributor to the University's education mission, and our coaches share with members of the faculty and other University personnel the obligation to educate, train, and otherwise assist in the formation of the students entrusted to them, including by facilitating to the fullest possible extent student's pursuit of their academic interests. Clearly, Notre Dame's athletic programs are part of—not separate from—our broader educational mission. This is why, over the course of the last 16 years, our student-athletes have achieved a top score for graduation success rates 14 times. We will vigorously defend our approach to ensuring that being a 'student-athlete' describes precisely the educational and developmental experience our students receive at Notre Dame."

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