- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Northwestern football players are voting on whether to form the nation’s first college athletic union.

Friday’s unprecedented on-campus vote comes one month after a landmark ruling by a regional head of the National Labor Relations Board, which said players are employees and can unionize.

Several players were seen walking into an Evanston building where secret ballots were being cast.

Seventy-six scholarship football players are eligible to vote, but the results may not be known for months because the school is appealing the unionization effort. Ballots will be impounded.

There haven’t been rallies or demonstrations on the 19,000-student campus. But there has been plenty of lobbying through private meetings, calls and emails.

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