In late September (and released last week), the National Labor Relations Board regional office issued an advice memorandum striking down portions of Northwestern University's media policy governing student-athletes interactions with the media as well as their own social media postings.
Among the items that NLRB found too restrictive were the university's requirement that media interviews be pre-arranged by the athletic department, and that student-athletes were not allowed to speak of their health or grievances with the team or other players on their private social media accounts.
Finding that such restrictions were "unlawfully overbroad," the NLRB did allow Northwestern to amend its policy to restrict posting nude photos, sexual or racial epithets, and photos depicting hazing, harassment, weapons, and substance use. This was done to strike a balance between players' rights and team management.
The ruling applies only to private institutions participating in NCAA football. Public institutions would be governed by their respective state labor laws.