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Slive: Leagues, union advocates have common ground

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm •  Published: April 21, 2014
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive doesn't think student-athletes should have employee status, but says there is some common ground with the proposal from the five power leagues and a union movement.

Slive said Monday the groups have the same goals "in part, and maybe in great part."

The 65 members of the five conferences are seeking to be allowed to cover the full cost of attendance for athletes, among other initiatives.

Slive has monitored the case of Northwestern football players seeking to be allowed to unionize.

While the commissioner doesn't "believe student-athletes should be employees," he says the leagues want athletes to have "a voice and vote in NCAA" legislation.

Slive spoke to a panel of editors and writers at a Southeast regional meeting of the Associated Press Sports Editors.