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>> bodies and debris from the missing airasia plearch have been located inplane have beenlocated in the java sea. >> welcome to al jazeera i'm jane dutt ton. other stories making the news. russian opposition leader alexi navalny receivesverdict in a politically charged trial. oil rich iraqi locations. >> i'm liddy dutt. coming up i'll be looking at the
challenges a unique place is preserving its architectural history. >> we begin with the latest developments on airasia flight qz8501. debris and bodies have been spotted in the java sea off indonesia. so far dozens of bodies have been seen and are on their way back to surabaya for identification. flight qz8501 went down in the java sea on sunday. it was carrying 162 passengers and crew. families of those often board were toard of the informed of the discovery a few hours ago. a scene of he despair as they come to terms terms with the fate of their loved ones. scott heidler is live in surabaya. scott i could imagine it is emotionally charged.
these graphic images were shown to the family members and then waiting for bodies to come back. >> reporter: absolutely, yeah, it happened just a couple of hours ago. a fair amount of the family members were in a room and probably still are in a room, off to my right where they have been or the the last three days, waiting for some kind of information. this is not what the images they wanted. what we're hearing a high level navy source telling us, 100% confirmed this is the aircraft. at least six bodies have been retrieved from this location. sector 7 of 13 sectors that are being searched today on tuesday. it's going to be a grim task, absolutely. these bodies have been retrieved in the water put on a ship, that will have to take the thousand kilometer journey back here. we are also expecting the
president to come here. imminently his plane will arrive very soon. the emotion as what is happened what is digested by these family members, the president is going to meet with them, that is going to be emotionally charged. 149 from that country in the aircraft that went down. jane. >> trying to come to terms with that and understand what happened. we still don't know yet why or how the plane went down. what still needs to be done. >> reporter: no, a lot needs to be done still jane and that is the physical aspect of actually retrieving as much as they can of the air craft. earlier in the day when these reports came out that they were confirming at that stage 95% confirming that this was the
aircraft debris on the surface one item appeared to be an emergency door, one was a life jacket then they said they saw a silhouette underneath the water it's the forensics investigation that's going to take quite some time. locating those fliet data recordersflight datarecorders. a definitive scientific reason of why this aircraft went down. just because the bodies were retrieved and identified doesn't mean the roller coaster that these family members go through is over. when you have a huge question mark as to why the aircraft went down that's going to add to that and string it out. but as of now no real reason why the aircraft was down. >> let's leave it in scott. flight qz8501 left surabaya
at 5:36 a.m. local time on sunday. at 6:12 the pilot asked air traffic control to change the flight path to avoid bad weather. six minutes later the plane disappeared from air traffic control's radar. it was declared repliesing at 7:55, five minutes after it was scheduled to arrive at singapore singapore. aircraft debris began to appear three days after. >> that last radio transmission was the points at which the aircraft sent any kind of communication that gave an indication as to the location of it. but of course, once the airplane starts to disappear and then does disappear all examination
is lost and for that reason there has to be a better way of identifying and locating an aircraft. there are actually companies that are now getting to grips with this task of identifying the problem and identifying where an aircraft might be. but much of that technology is in its infancy and it will take time before airms airlines start to buy into those sort of solutions. >> the associated press is reporting gun fire has been heard near the presidential palace in the gambian capital banjol. the afp news sergeant is quoting deployment sources say a military you coupmilitary coup was
foiled. the president was outside the country. hand he down a suspended sentence for alexi navalny. navalny led protests against russian president vladimir putin three years ago. his brother did receive a three and a half year prison extension for embezzlement. thousands of navalny supporters have promised to protest outside the courthouse. >> ten years prison sentence for navalny was called for in the end i was found guilty and sentenced to three and a half years suspended. now this effectively means he is out of politics. this is a man who really is the face of politicals opposition to putin and the kremlin. he's been described as the man
the kremlin fears the most. that will dismay his supporters who have grown in number after his bid to run for mayor in 2013. this verdict which was scheduled for january 15th suddenly was brought forward to this plornlg. and they are promising a huge rally near the kremlin later this afternoon. navalny when he left urged the people to protest and he said look putin answer regime must be brought down. to sum up, navalny with three and a half years found guilty but serving a suspended sentence. >> describing why navalny's sentence is so important. >> alexi navalny has been one of the most vocal opponents of
veunts. famous for once calling the ruling party eurched russia a are united russia, a bunch of crooks and thieves. >> he was found guilty of em bez ling more than $3 billion. given a five year suspended sentence. some political observers warned jailing him would create a russian mandela. in september last year he ran for mayor of moscow. turk his campaign he attacked cription among the allies of.president putin. >> every family in russia last a right to tbidz,000. $50,000.
>> he was able to win supports among voters, gaining around a third of the vote. but in february, his political ambitions came to an abrupt end when he was placed under house arrest. he can only leave his flat when the police drive him here to his court case hearings. his wife, yuia and his wife oleg always by his side. during his trial he has remained defiant. >> this junta will sooner or later fall. >> navalny blames the political establishment for attempting to silence him. if it has been trying to keep him quiet it clearly has not worked. in just a few years this young eafnt corruption blogger has
become one forts biggest challenges to you president putin answer power. nazanin moshiri being al jazeera. >> court suspended lahti's attempt to carry out attacks. a lack of evidence, before he was free from jail, police arrested him on tuesday. on another case police say the arrest weighs tied to ang an abduction that happened nearly seven years ago. tropical storm jang mi dump many inches ever rain on the southern island. the storm then pushed its way through eastern and central islands where most of the deaths occurred. much more to come here on al
recovered. qz8501 went down in the java sea on sunday morning. families of the passengers heard the tragic news within the past few hours. there were scenes of despair when families came to terms with the face of their loved ones. russian figure alexi navalny has been found guilty, suspended sentence won'ting serving time in jail. iraqi security forces say they have retain the town of dulaya from i.s.i.l. forces. i.s.i.l. has occupied the town's northern half since june. duloya has considered strategic strategically important because i.t. connects a highway to baghdad. mohamed adow is in the kurdish
region tell us more about the takeover of the deloya town from i.s.i.l. >> well, jane, they're taking of the town from i.s.i.l. by iraqi forces and militia supporting them is a huge gain for them. the town on the banks of river tigris is on the highway as you say there that l baghdad to salahatin province where there ask a massive operation now going on against i.s.i.l. and the command center, is where this road links. but control of the area has given i.s.i.l. fighters the opportunity to cut off supplies for the forces who are fighting them in that province. now with the taking of this area, it cements that i.s.i.l. strong hold of tikrit, that
lodges an oil refinery refine refineries, they can easily cut them off cut their supplies. >> you have recently been in the ground in kirkuk. you touched on it briefly, can you tell us more what you've seen? >> well, jane, kirkuk is considered bringing together turkmen and people who have lived side by side, the town is one of those that was really hit by i.s.i.l. took over peshmerga fighters and removed the i.s.i.l. forces to the outskirts of the town where they are now still fighting them. stopping them coming into the town of kirkuk.
on the front lines outside the city of kirkuk, contact between kurdish peshmerga forces and the islamic state of iraq and the levant is regular. the peshmerga use sandbags as protection. they use a fair amount of incoming fire here. a short distance away, i.s.i.l. positions display their trademark black flag. >> translator: the disarns between us is very small. -- the distance between us is very small. in some places we are only 700 meters poord. apart. they are always trying to push forward. >> the i.s.i.l. forces are relentless. the kurdish fighters have had to adopt sears measures. this is the road that connects
kirkuk to baghdad. it is now totally closed. >> translator: we have also captured spice around our positions. we have no intention to reopen this road. >> reporter: in the other side of the blockade, we saw a queue of stranded vehicles. this men say all they care about is that i.s.i.l. does not return to kirkuk. as far as they are concerned it now belongs to them. control of kirkuk and its oil reserves is a huge victory for kurdish forces but so far total victory elude them. operates this restaurant and says business is bad. >> translator: i secured my restaurant. but it's the general insecurity in the fighting that's keeping customers away. people are too afraid to venture
out. >> reporter: kurdish peshmerga fighters entered kirkuk after the national army abandoned its post seven months ago. kurdish have long regard evidence kirkuk as historical capital. in a country where past violence pay a key and important part of the present kirkuk beings represents a fault line. for now it remains family in the grip of kurdish forces. now current crisis seems to have given kurds an opportunities to take new areas that include contested areas. there is nothing that baghdad can do about it. the feeling is that as long as the area is contested any of the two parties can control it. >> thank you that mohamed adow.
most of public demonstrations are banned in baghdad. jane arraf covers the story. >> it is a blunt message to globe trotters. lying politicians robbing our loved ones. one day in aman, the next in tehran about the people chanting would like to be protesting in baghdad answer tahrir square. but the government has banned those demonstrations. protests are plowed only here nearal cushla square. after renovating the historic clock tower two years ago iraqi authorities opened the area tot public. are this square goes back to the very beginnings of iraq's history as a country.
it was abandoned for years but now it's come back to life. here in the safety of these old walls you can find politicians protestors dreamers. for now there's the freedom to dress what you want and do what you want. during the week, yassir and his friends hold down jobs while trying to finish high school. >> this is the only place for us to breathe. some people come to listen to poetry, some to read books but this friday we changed our routine pfn. >> thisroutine. >> we don't have money for a camera he says. across the square, amateur poetry is a spectator sport.
gray hair, recites this man we grow older but we are young. i look in the mirror and i see my shattered image. he tosses tot in to the next poet. his poax is poem is about love gone wrong. a relationship is like the falling leaves of autumn. the audience proosks. approves. the square is all about expressing yourself. in a troubled country in uncertain times just having space to breathe. jane arraf, al jazeera baghdad. in yemen another city last been sized by houthi rebels. the takeover of the town happened on monday. it is the eighth city the
houthis are have taken since july when they controlled the province of amran before moving on to sanaa. journalists around the world have been protesting with solidarity against the jailing of three journalists in egypt. peter greste, boax baher mohamed and mohamed fahmy. an appeal is due to the heard on thursday. volunteer health worker has been transferred to london hospital after contracting the ebola virus in sierra leone. she is the first to be diagnosed with ebola in the u.k. british aid worker had been diagnosed with the disease in sierra leone then sent home. tests are due on wednesday.
internet providers in thailand have been given new censorship powers. isps can block websites, without potential approval. new laws also apply to social media flights. a senior korean executive officer resigned, over a bag of nuts. regulations harry fawcett records from seoul. >> another round of public reckoning for her blistering reaction to a bag of nuts wrongly served in a first class cabin. on december the 5th then a vice president of korean air shouted to the crew chief had the man thrown off. she stands accused by prosecutors of breaking aviation
safety and workplace applause. be but nor general abusing her high level position. this all started over a bag of nuts but also what this states about the nature of hierarchy and inquealt inequality. >> she is parts of the elite of elite. >> this is one instance that grabbed the public's steaks but i hear almost every month of situations that does not actually end up in this big instance. where. >> cozy relations between regulators and business owners. admitted some of its noicials
tried to hamper some ofists investigation in favor of cho and korean air. awaiting trial for offenses whichwhich could lands her in jail. harry fawcett, al jazeera. southern state of tamalnaya. >> inside this palace lies a history of a family proud of its centuries olds traditions. from hand carved door was to italian marble. this be structure is a testament to the life of a man 75-year-old chadamdra chetia.
>> this is the case for most families in the area. mischildren have left. >> 80% of these properties built in the 17th and 18th centuries are plokd up, onlyinging bringing to life other events like weatherings. >> thing chetias build palaces like this one in 60 villages. conservationists say maintaining a palace cost about $20,000 a year. that's money that they claim many owners would would rather invest elsewhere. the foundations of their historic homes come here. it is a painstaking look, but arg offerings says selling them helps keep the history alive.
>> people from all over india come to buy artifacts. it's hard for me to manage demand because vurnlg there's no way to know when the need arises. >> the center of this trading community's power but conservation is hope a new program encouraging locals to document their history will help restore this region to its former glory. >> there is plot ever media attention on these houses, no? that is one thing that will keep them help and they will realize and protect their buildings as they could their temples. >> mr. being chefdung prrvetionen says he will stay until his family is right.
>> you can always log on to our website. the address is aljazeera.com. thanks for watching. >> it's still months before college football season kicks off, but the team at northwestern university is in the middle of a 40 hour work week. >> they are traveling more than even 10 years ago, they're being asked to sacrifice more they're asked to treat their sport as a year-round endeavor. so the demands on them are so intense that it has put them in a situation where it's like a fight or die situation.
>> players earn no pay other than a scholarship to attend class. their coach, pat fitzgerald, says that's compensation enough for student athletes. >> i'm a football coach, i'm a teacher, i'm an educator alright? this isn't what i signed up to be, i signed up to help these guys develop to be the best they can be, not to be an employer. >> but in january, his players demanded to be considered employees, becoming the first college team to seek a union. >> guys come in here and bash all day, then then they're injured 5 years down the road and they get nothing. >> right now, athletes don't receive long-term medical care and can't collect a paycheck or form a union. the national collegiate athletic association -- or ncaa -- sets the rules for college sports. but those rules could soon be overturned. fault lines investigates the multi-billion-dollar business of college football, the players who produce that wealth, and
their demands for a more equitable game. >> i just hope the ncaa does understand that some things do need to change. >> the first thing right behind me, you guys see our lovely bookstore. lots of orange apparel. you guys all got coupons for that. ten percent off. head in there afterwards. today is solid orange friday which is a little bit of a tradition in tigertown. with anybody who has attended clemson we all like to show our orange around clemson on friday. if you want to become part of this family, get your orange today. >> we've joined along with a tour of clemson campus. we're following abby, she's a sophomore here, and she clearly loves clemson. and a couple times college football has come up as a big part of the life here. it's actually a 40 million dollar enterprise for the schools. >> now the part of the tour you've probably all been waiting for. if you look right through here you can all see death valley. who's been to a game at death
valley? >> clemson university has one of the 25 most lucrative football programs in the country. >> we have the spring game tomorrow, which is great because a lot of people have been waiting for football season to start back up. and it's not abnormal for a lot of our season ticket holders and alum to travel to this game even though it's just clemson against clemson. >> one of those alums is darius robinson, who just played his last season at clemson. >> darius is playing professional football now, but making it there was a financial struggle. >> i came from a household where both of my parents didn't go to school, so we didn't necessarily have the type of income to provide my sister with a good education and to be able to help me out whenever i needed it. >> his scholarship didn't cover the cost of living, so he started a business in college. but when he began using his name
and image to promote it, the ncaa threw the book at him. >> there's so many rules saying what we can't do. in my mind, i had the mindset like, what can we do? everything in the rulebook is, student athlete cannot do this cannot do that, cannot do this cannot do that. what about what a student athlete can do? >> ncaa rules prevent current athletes from making money off their fame. darius is part of a class action lawsuit to overturn that ban. >> we've been working hard our whole lives, we've been doing this since we were 6 and 7 years old. so for someone to say that because you're a student-athlete, you can't even promote yourself and be who you are, because you're a student-athlete, to me i find that very disrespectful. >> it's gameday, and on main street, the football economy is in high gear. the clemson tiger paw is one of the highest-grossing logos in college sports, and it's the players who draw the crowd.
>> they have #2 and i'll bet you, they have, yep, #10... >> those are the jerseys worn by clemson's star players -- sammy watkins and tajh boyd. >> all of this merchandise is a $4 billion a year industry. and now that tahj and sammy are not actually college football players, they're getting ready for the nfl draft, they can make some money off of this, and they're actually here today in the store signing autographs for $30. and there's a line out the door of people waiting to get their autograph. >> we have sweats, we have ties, we have hats, we have bags, we have flip flops, we have watches, we have flags, we have wallets, we have keychains, we have jewelry. we have everything down to nightlights, to stuffed animals, to sink stoppers. i have a guitar, i have drumsticks... >> would you like to see the players get some money from the jerseys with their number on them?
>> um, if that happened from a business standpoint, we'd have to jack up our prices... >> what are the ends of the ncaa? on one hand its easy answer to that. that has to do with profit, and that has to do with who controls the incredible amounts of money that are produced by college athletics in this country. we are talking billions and billions of dollars. >> the ncaa did not agree to an on-camera interview, but replied to questions by email. the organization says it spends about $200 million each year on scholarships for athletes like darius. but to get that scholarship, darius had to sign away his commercial rights to the ncaa. >> if you've watched clemson football on tv, you've probably seen this. the tradition is all the players get off the bus. then they run down our green grassy hills.
everybody's jumping up and down. there are fireworks going off, cannons, everybody's yelling screaming. there's nothing like being there with 80k of your closest friends. >> in two decades, the ncaa has built a stockpile. and its assets have increased by 1000 percent. the entire economy -- the t-shirts, ticket sales, and tv deals -- relies on the player on the field. now players are suing for a share. >> we're the marketers. we're marketing the nike here at clemson, the paw. we have on the nike checks, and making people be like 'ooh dad i want those nike gloves, i want those nike cleats. matter of fact, can i get them in orange, and can i buy them at clemson?' >> do you know now what you gave away? >> absolutely, i definitely understand now what i gave away, and it was pretty much who i was.
i became in a sense, in some people's eyes, i'll always feel like a person, but in some people's eyes, i became more of a clemson's possession. >> meanwhile, the college football boom has been good to clemson. the school has committed $200 million in a decade to expand its stadium and practice facilities. >> corporate fingerprints are all over this game. up on the electronic banner, you can see it says verizon. we've also seen td bank, ups coca cola, and nike. nike in fact is not just on the banner, it's on every single player's uniform, and on their shoes. >> we bring in a lot of profit in this city alone. so the fact that we're putting our lives on the line, there's people out there dying from this, being able to never walk again... >> coach dabo swinney
enjoys celebrity status, and his opinions can sway the fan base. >> what we try to teach our guys is to use football, to create the opportunities, take advantage of the platform and the brand and the marketing that you have available to you. as far as paying players professionalizing college athletics, that's when you lose me. i'll go do something else, because there's enough entitlement in this world as it is. >> coach swinney just signed an 8-year contract that will pay three million dollars next season. meanwhile, 86 percent of college football players live below the federal poverty line. >> the reason why we're at a breaking point is that we currently have two economies existing side by side in one structure. you have the coaches are like the wolfiest wolves of wall st. so it's free market run amok. ayn rand would weep with joy at the economic situation for the coaches. but for the players its indentured servitude.
>> all i know is, college football is a great opportunity. it's one of the last great things in america that's still teaching young people how to think right, hard work sacrifice... >> it is in a way set up as the modern slavery as far as the type of work we do, what our body goes through, and the type of money we bring in for what we do.
adrian arrington's career at eastern illinois university did not lead to the nfl. in fact, due to his health problems, adrian can't hold down a job at all. >> did they teach you to hit safely? >> in college, i never had no drills in like, where you had a form tackling. stuff like that. >> did they ever talk to you about how to hit people safely? >> after my concussion, i never had anyone tell me 'adrian, you gotta stop hitting like this.' >> noel lucero met adrian in college, when his concussions began to trigger seizures. >> to be honest i don't even remember the first time because there's been so many, but he had one in our bed, and at the time we had nightstands on either side, and he fell off and hit his shoulder on the nightstand and his head was banging on the nightstand while he's having the seizure, so i'm moving
everything out of the way, and just trying to put towels under his head, and he had bit his lip so he's bleeding. >> adrian is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit seeking damages from the ncaa. he owes more than $100,000 in medical bills. the ncaa has not offered adrian long-term medical care. >> when it was really going on in college. i honestly thought i was losing my mind. i would never remember nothing. people would come up to me and say, remember you got in the bar fight?' i'm like 'what was you talking about? i don't remember that.' most of the time, when i have seizures i don't remember the situation but then people come up to me and say stuff, it's like whoo, this is really scary, this is crazy. >> back to the days of roosevelt when the ncaa was first created, there's this mandate of protecting the student athlete
and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the student athlete. >> his lawyer joe siprut says safety concerns inside college football are nothing new. >> so we're basically saying wait a minute, what happened to that idea? >> today, more than a third of all concussions in college sports happen on the football field. the ncaa denies it is legally responsible for the long-term safety of college athletes. it claims the schools are liable. schools like adrian's alma mater, eastern illinois. >> that coach came to my house and sat down in my house, and told my mama and my daddy, we want your kid to come to our school, and we're gonna take care of your child. >> so football was your gateway to a four-year degree? >> mm-hm, and that's why i worked so hard at football. because coming from a family that didn't have much and living in a homeless shelter, living in housing authority, i felt that
that was going to be the only way to pay for college, without stressing my parents out. >> you were pretty successful at eastern illinois? >> i was the captain, i felt that i did whatever coaches wanted me to do, and i was having a good time until my concussions and bad health situation came up. >> did you talk to coaching staff? >> yes, i talked to coaching staff, and they just said when you come back in a few days, you'll be fine, and take these pills, called kepra, and they said as long as you take your medicine you'll be allowed to play, but they still kept going on throughout my career. >> he had head injury after head injury after head injury. and every time, he was involved in situations where the coaches didn't pull him out of the game, and he was put back in the game. his own father pulled him off on the sidelines and said 'adrian are you ok?' didn't even recognize him. he was still ready to go back in
and play. >> were the coaches going to put you back in the game? >> mm-hm, they were going to put me back in the game and my dad had to come from the bleachers they say and tell them not to put me back in the game. >> that's how impaired he was. and that happened a few too many times. >> when arrington played, the ncaa had no specific "return to play" rule requiring schools to keep players with concussions on the sidelines. >> it takes at least 3-4 hours it's said, for the symptoms of a concussion to heal, and often times much more than that. the interesting thing about that is last time i checked a football game is 3-4 hours. so what that alone means, is that there are really no circumstances that someone who has sustained a concussion can ever go back during a game. >> did eastern illinois had a protocol or requirements in place? >> it couldn't have been a protocol if i get a concussion in the game, and you put me right back in the game to where my dad had to take me out of the game and not you guys. it can't be a protocol.
>> but that changed after arrington graduated. in 2010, the ncaa required schools to develop guidelines for concussion safety. but arrington's suit alleges that this safety mandate was designed to be weak. >> some of these emails are shocking. i would call them smoking guns. >> internal ncaa emails show former head of safety david klossner pushing for more stringent rules, and facing pushback from inside the organization. >> very interesting email here from klossner where he says, 'return same day issue seems to be our biggest barrier. i've yet to find legitimate data to show that same day return to play is a good thing.' >> klossner's the one in here who keeps bringing up the idea about rules for return to play, the safety of this and what an issue it is. >> "i've been pretty busy with meetings, and trying to get david klossner off my back. that dude wears me out." >> so the one guy raising the red flag here, is getting shut
out? >> shut down, suppressed, and criticized. >> i think it's a big lie and a big facade that the ncaa is putting on with the commercials that their main priority is the student athlete and their health. that's a lie. >> the ncaa has not investigated any school for violating its safety rules. >> at least in the case of the nfl players is that they're professional athletes being paid millions of dollars, and they have lawyers, they have agents they have a union. they have all sorts of people protecting their interests vis-a-vis, the nfl, and the ownership. at the college level, the players have none of that. >> the ncaa says student-athlete safety is a priority, and is in settlement talks with adrian's lawyers. >> i just pray it doesn't get worse. looking at these other football players, that had similar
>> we're north of chicago where safety concerns drove players at northwestern university to seek a union. it's the day of the vote, and we're going to meet chris gradone, the team's senior punter. >> you ready for today? historic day. >> in january, nearly every player on the team signed the petition to call a union vote. but by april, their coach had chipped away at that support. >> did you know where you stood?
>> no, i didn't. >> you were a swing vote. >> he was personally offended that this whole thing was going on at his school. that's not what he wanted. that was actually a decent motivation for me to not want the union. >> the fact that you wouldn't want to disappoint your coach? >> yeah i feel like he's gotten me so much. got me in this school and got me this scholarship. i owe the guy a lot. >> gary kohlman is the players' lawyer. he cross examined coach fitzgerald at a labor board hearing this winter. >> he allowed me to walk through, not day-by-day, but hour-by-hour almost the life of a college football player. and then, at the end of it, i asked him, "isn't it true that being a college football player
is a full time job? it was the first time he pushed back and he said 'no.' i said 'that's interesting, because i have an article here in the chicago tribune, in which you said two years ago that being a college football player is a full time job. did you say that?' and he said 'yes'. >> even if you guys vote no, now the precedent for other schools. >> yeah, that was a big part of the message. >> that's big as far as why we started this in the first place. >> have you heard from administration about not being able to go home on emergency leave to see your family? >> yeah, i don't believe in that tactic that they've used. they have said that if a union is brought in, all the benefits we get now are taken away and re-bargained for. so we might not get them back and we could actually lose benefits. >> there have been allegations by union supporters that
northwestern engaged in unfair labor practices during the election campaign. that is simply not true. we point with great pride to the fact, that if you look at our football team, we have a 97 percent graduation rate, the best in the country. our gpa is over 3.0. >> it's also a school that is aggressively anti-union when it comes to grad students custodians, and all the rest of it. so they were not going to roll over for the athletes if they wanted to unionize. >> it's putting northwestern on the wrong side of history. >> some ex-northwestern players formed a group to advocate for current athletes. kevin brown played for the wildcats from 1981 to 1985. >> when you look at the ncaa and northwestern is a part of this. so there's no distinction well that's an ncaa issue. no you're part of the association. so it's your issue as well. it's not just them. it's us.
>> we've been talking and saying the same thing for many, many years. they said the same thing in the mid-80s and before. just to say we'll take care of you, after a while that rings kind of hollow. >> players are being exploited. we all know that, and the question is, what is it going to take to correct that? but it is a fact. >> the players' ballots were not counted, and the election results not released. the school and the union are battling over whether players are employees under the law. that ruling will be made by the national labor relations board in washington, dc. >> this issue that started with kain colter in a classroom in northwestern has now grown much,
much larger. house republicans have called hearing today in congress. >> we share the concerns of players that progress is too slow, but forming a union is not the answer. >> it is simply the wrong way to go to address these issues. the number of questions that are raised, are so myriad and wide ranging... >> would a union negotiate over the number and length of practices? perhaps a union would bargain over the number of games. if the school and union are at an impasse, would athletes go on strike? are these schools ready to make some tough decisions like cutting support to other athletic programs like lacrosse field hockey, or even raising tuition? >> the list of grievances these players presented are a list of grievances that players could have presented 5 or 10 years ago across the college community but they haven't been addressed. whether or not you have the security of a scholarship, for
how long, whether you have health insurance, stipends transfers...we've been over this. we've been over this and over this and over this... >> it's bringing us into a sea of complete uncertainty. >> the ncaa says it will fight the northwestern effort all the way to the supreme court. >> i'm not saying the ncaa created institutional racism and poverty in the us. but the ncaa consciously benefits, because they put players from a particular background in a position where rocking the boat is lethal for their opportunities to be able to pull their family out of poverty. >> the ncaa has acknowledged that div i basketball and football are all about maximizing profits. it's no secret anymore, the
curtain has been pulled back. >> they're generating an insane amount of money. they're being told what they can or cannot eat, what they can or cannot study, and it's reached a breaking point. there's no moral center anymore, the center will not hold, the center is not holding. when there's no controlling moral authority, and right now there is no controlling moral authority, the system can no longer exist.