It's been hailed as a first down in the first quarter of what's expected to be a long game but today Ohio senator Sherrod Brown took a side in the controversial debate on whether college athletes should be able to unionize.

"I'm pulling for the quarterback at Northwestern to be able to to form a union if those players think they should," Brown told 10TV.  "These players - in practice - are working more than, in most cases, a 40 hour week.  They called them employees more than they were students."

In a surprising decision this week, the National Labor Relations Board sided with former quarterback Kain Colter and determined football players who are on scholarships are employees of the school and entitled to unionize.

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