Big-time college sports has been a mess for decades but a establishing a football players’ union won’t fix things. In fact, it will probably lead to more headaches.

A little more than a week ago, a National Labor Relations Board regional director ruled that players at Northwestern University (where I once attended) are employees, not students of the university, and therefore have the right to collectively bargain and form a union.

The ruling has freaked out the NCAA, which has run major college athletics essentially since the turn of the last century. And while the NCAA is about as loveable as the Vladimir Putin with a toothache, the organization makes some valid points about the shortcomings in the ruling.