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      Northwestern quarterback testifies in bid to form college athlete union

      <p>The pivotal question is whether college athletes qualify as employees and thus have a right to unionize.</p>

      CHICAGO (AP) - Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter is the first witness at a closely watched hearing to determine whether college athletes can form a union.

      Colter testified Tuesday at a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chicago that is expected to last three days.

      Colter has said most of the team's 85 scholarship players support forming a union, though he has been the only one to step forward publicly. He is a senior who has finished his college career.

      The pivotal question is whether college athletes qualify as employees and thus have a right to unionize.

      A union would dramatically change the landscape of college sports, and the NCAA maintains that students are not employees. The bid is being supported by the United Steelworkers union.(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)