Saban: College athletes deserve a voice

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban says college athletes should have "a voice in what happens" to them during their careers.

Asked about the prospect of a union, Saban said Monday night he's always supported players' rights and that they should be compensated "the best that we can to help them." He didn't give an opinion on last week's ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board that Northwestern's football team can bargain with the school as employees. The school is appealing.

Saban says it's easy to determine how much a scholarship costs, but that he'd like to see a study to determine the total value. The former Kent State player, who made about $6 million last year, says it's been worth a "pretty significant" amount to him.


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