The Dartmouth men’s basketball team will hold a union vote on March 5

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BOSTON (AP) — The Dartmouth men’s basketball team has scheduled an election for March 5 to determine whether players will unionize — a move that would be unprecedented in American college sports.

The National Labor Relations Board said the in-person election will be held at the school’s campus in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Although the NCAA has long maintained that players are “student-athletes” — a term created to emphasize that their education comes first — the NLRB’s regional director in Boston ruled Monday that The players were actual employees of the school.

Which It paved the way for union elections. All 15 team members had previously signed a petition asking to be represented by Service Employees International Union Local 560, which already represents some other Dartmouth employees.

An NLRB spokeswoman said Dartmouth has until Feb. 20 to appeal the regional director’s findings. The school said it intends to do so.

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