Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, a leader of the player unionization movement. - Matt Marton-USA; TODAY Sports

NCAA overhaul coming: Unions, lawsuits, reforms and more

Soon, the NCAA as we know it will be completely different, due to lawsuits, a player labor push, the organization's own realized need for reform, and so on. Follow along as we learn more. For more on the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit, click here.

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The 4 things to know about the new NCAA

The governing body is tweaking its rules to give more power to the five big conferences, but outside forces might still do more to change college sports.

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60 percent of incoming players want unions

Whether unionization takes hold at Northwestern in 2014 or not, younger players are already thinking about the issue.

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The NCAA has even more to fix than you think

A former college athlete's first-hand perspective on Wednesday's NCAA Senate committee hearing, where the organization had no good answers for hard questions about how it oversees its variety of athletes.

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Ranking: Where next for CFB unions?

Northwestern football players have the power to form a union, and other private schools are concerned the movement could be headed their way. So let's figure out the likeliest spots.

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Slive threatens Division 4 to push autonomy

Think of the SEC commissioner's comments as a negotiating tactic along the way to rule changes, not a sign of an actual NCAA breakup.

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Politics chart: Why CFB fans are anti-union

While many fans of all political stripes are surely uneasy with the mixing of labor and amateurism, the makeup of the sport's biggest fans could show that the battle lines go even deeper.

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What happens if O'Bannon beats the NCAA?

That big trial on the entirety of college athletics we've been talking about for four years? It's really happening. This summer. So what might be about to change?

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The NCAA's 3 economics problems

The NCAA's picture of the potential failure of collegiate athletics isn't just dangerous legal ground. It also wouldn't work in econ class.

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Northwestern players have voted. What's next?

A look at the scenarios for the future, along with the controversy surrounding Northwestern's position on the day of the vote.

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NCAA reforming, but is it too late?

The NCAA recognizes the need for changes. But after waiting until 2014 to make them, its window of opportunity might have passed.

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Why scholarships are not enough

What happens when less-qualified students have to compete against more-qualified students? And what does that imply for those athletes whose academic performance lags even further behind?

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What you need to know about major NCAA change

Between the five power conferences likely being able to make their own rules and the flurry of unions, lawsuits, and other court battles, the NCAA has reached the end of an era.

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Texas AD doesn't have the facts

We run through all the factual inaccuracies the country's most powerful athletic director presents in his case against NCAA reform.

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Mark Emmert's very bad CFL argument

The NCAA president is trying out a new rhetorical tactic. It is flawed.

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The Title IX excuse is done

Non-revenue sports don't have to be casualties of the new NCAA. But if it's actually all about the money, they will be.

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NCAA cites self-proclaimed non-expert Swinney

Has every anti-union quote started to sound familiar? There's a reason why.

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Where's all that money going?

College football appears to be generating more money than ever before.

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Northwestern announces grounds for NLRB appeal

The university thinks a case involving teaching assistants was not properly applied to this one.

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Shabazz Napier: 'We have hungry nights'

Before he played for an NCAA title at UConn, Shabazz Napier talked about how he doesn't always have money for food.

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What if Northwestern players refuse the union?

One frequently overlooked detail: Northwestern players aren't in a union yet. They're just allowed to choose whether to join one.

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Emmert says union "grossly inappopriate"

Emmert spoke out against the recent labor ruling, but sees a shift soon.

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What NOT to say about the Northwestern union

Wondering about the NLRB's decision on Northwestern football players unionizing? Here's a brief primer, with recommendations for what not to say.

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How the union could impact 951 other schools

In all likelihood, it won't be this game-changing for every school. But just to show how many moving parts are in play for the NCAA's hundreds of universities, here's one possible outcome.

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5 college football union scenarios

Will a players' union destroy college football? No. Well, probably not. Well, we'll see.

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10 worst lines from a Northwestern union hit piece

The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins wrote something we had to double-check was not parody.

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The internet commenter's college football history

Things change. Many things that change get better as they change. This is okay.

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The fear of amateurism

The NCAA is excellent at preserving its lucrative status quo and creating new rules. It is not nearly as good at knowing what's in its own best interest.

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What the college union win means

Kain Colter and the Northwestern football team can unionize. So what does this mean, and what happens next, for the Wildcats and elsewhere?

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Former SEC player proposes change, but no union

Former Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe took to Twitter to share his thoughts Wednesday's landmark ruling.

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College players win first union battle

Players still have a long way to go, but one of the biggest obstacles between them and the next version of college athletics is out of the way.

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NCAA proposal: More power for 'power' schools

Changes to the NCAA could give even more influence to the nation's biggest programs.

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Timeline: Pay-for-play support growing?

Recent polls show support for paying college football and basketball players beyond the scholarships they currently receive is still low, but things could change quickly. And, yes, there's a poll at the bottom of this story.

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The NCAA's 5 potential killers

Everyone is suing the NCAA, but which could shake the NCAA to its core? Which have the longest chances of succeeding?

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How the union could kill the NCAA's dumbest rule

You know how college athletes have to sit out a year when changing schools, and how that serves no one besides coaches hoping to deter players from leaving? A player union could kill that rule without even trying to.

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It's not about pay-for-play

Tuesday, college athletes at Northwestern University began an attempt to create a union. And if you actually listen to them, they're not calling for that thing you're disagreeing with them over.

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NCAA responds to players' union push

The NCAA frames the issue as one of whether college players are employees, and the school praises the athletes for their initiative while disagreeing with their tactics.

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Players forming college football's first labor union

Remember that #APU marker that some major college football players wore on their wrist bands during the season? Unfortunately for the NCAA, that whole thing isn't going away. ESPN reports departing Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, who's been among the All Players United movement's most outspoken players, is leading the formation of an actual union for college players. It might work, too -- read this by lawyer Patrick Vint on how the beginnings of the union compare to the MLB Players Association and just what it is that the group hopes to achieve.

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The NCAA is falling apart

At the 2014 NCAA Division I Governance Dialogue, university athletic directors repeatedly expressed disapproval with the NCAA's idea of change.

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'Wake up NCAA!' banner to fly over BCSNCG

The All Players United movement will make a statement about concussion reform before Monday's big game.

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Division 4 split 'unlikely' according to Delany

Division I could still be saved.

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NCAA council opposes FBS/FCS breakup

The NCAA as we know it won't be the same for long.

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Miami: The NCAA's last stand

This was likely the last major thing the current model of the NCAA will ever do. What does it show us about how to rebuild?

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CFB players unionizing? It just might work

Why are college football players wearing that #APU hashtag? It's a show of support of a movement that could change college sports -- and not by asking universities to pay players.

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College board proposes power-conference breakaway

Another group of college officials recommends a Division I breakup, and this one has a proposal for how it should work.

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Prominent players protesting NCAA during games

Several players made arguably the most prominent statement yet against the NCAA's policies by putting letters symbolizing their "All Players United" on their clothing.

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AAC wants into potential NCAA 'Division 4'

If big money conferences are going to join a new NCAA division, the AAC wants to do so as well.

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How do mid-majors feel about a split?

We've heard from power-conference commissioners, but what do the smaller programs think?

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Emmert expects NCAA changes

The NCAA president vowed "fundamental changes" on Thursday.

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Change is coming

Almost every power-conference commissioner has now agreed, in his own way: major alterations to the college sports landscape are coming.

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NCAA breakup looming?

Everyone agrees, it seems: big NCAA reforms must happen. Three power-conference commissioners are hinting that enough is enough.

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The NCAA's fear is real

Compare the NCAA's latest statement about the ongoing player licenses lawsuit to its previous bluster.

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If playoff doesn't help players? No thanks

College football needs fundamental changes. But a playoff? That's just something selfish fans want when they should focus on what's most important: helping the players get what they deserve.

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