Let's say for the moment, that Wednesday's ruling by the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago, declaring Northwestern University football players to be workers and able to form a union survives every legal challenge and becomes law.
Would it be the nirvana players hoped for? Not necessarily, according to law professor Gerald Berendt of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
"This falls into the category of be careful what you wish for," explained Berendt, who is a former attorney with the NLRB in Washington.
"There are so many issues surrounding unions and collective bargaining agreements that it would take hours to discuss," he said. "And they are not easy to settle."
Berendt cited one possible scenario that would need to be agreed upon between a school and a players' union when it comes to bargaining workers' rights.
"Suppose a player gets suspended from the team because of failing grades. Will he have the ability to file a grievance against a professor who's failing him?" Berendt asked. "That's just one of the issues that will have to be worked out."
Along those similar lines, can a player be cut from a team because of a possible criminal offense?
"That player might say you can't fire me from the team and have a grievance because he's an employee of the school," said Berendt. "We see those type of actions in regular jobs every day."