Why are we talking about representation and / or bargaining power for AMATEUR athletes? IMHO, before we even begin discussing the need for bargaining power, the definition of a college athlete needs to be established. At the present time, they are considered amateurs. At least part of the definition of that word implies that they are not compensated for playing. Once you begin establishing contracts with regards to compensation, you are talking about professional status. They have leagues for that now.
IEEEWreck: We already haves an organization to punish bad behavior for schools breaking the rules. The problem is that they tend to favor the factories and punish those who are innocent or near innocent. Do we need another organization to do the same thing. Unions are in place to make money for themselves and to support socialistic activities. The schools who have the most money can then buy off the athletic union officials and they will be the ones who benefit. You will then double the benefit to the factory schools with the most money. Keep unions out of athletics period.
That would be an opinion though and he has no factual information to back it up so that comment is irrelevant.