Notre Dame Fighting Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick is reportedly in favor of having collective bargaining in college sports.
Over the last few years, there have been many ideas on how to deal with the changes that NIL rules have brought to college sports. Last week, Notre Dame Fighting Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick reportedly stated he was open to what would be a rather radical idea.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Ross Dellenger, Swarbrick would be open to collective bargaining. Swarbrick talked to Dellenger not long after yet another NIL hearing in front of congress that seemed to go nowhere.
“It’s a fairly radical notion, but if we could find a way to reach binding agreements with our student-athletes, most of [the problems with NIL go] away. We don’t have a mechanism to [collectively bargain] without them becoming employees. It would require a new mechanism that would recognize the rights of student-athletes to negotiate for the terms and conditions of their participation as athletes without being employees. I think it’s worth considering.”
It’s possible that Swarbrick is willing to do something this drastic because he knows it’s not going to be his problem very much longer. The longtime Notre Dame Fighting Irish AD will be stepping down in 2024.
Other Notre Dame Fighting Irish news
- Former Irish basketball player Jackie Young has herself her second WNBA title. Young’s Las Vegas Aces became the third repeat champion in league history when they defeated the New York Liberty in four games.
- Notre Dame hockey is off to a so-so start to the season but they were able to split a series with collegiate hockey power Boston University over the weekend. The Irish won the first game of the two-game series, 4-1 but were blown out in Game 2, 8-2. The series split means the Golden Domers are now 2-3 on the season. They’ll next take on Mercyhurst in South Bend on October 26 and 27.
- The Notre Dame volleyball team extended a small leasing streak to three matches on Sunday as they lost to Wake Forest in straight sets on the road 26-24, 25-22, 25-18. The Irish were led by Sydney Palazzolo with 17 kills and a .306 hitting percentage, followed by Ava Lange with 10 kills.