Pac-12 football conference is under the gun right now because their players are pissed off. The players have been in communication with one another and over 400 players wrote up a list of demands. The group released a lengthy list of demands Sunday and said if they are not addressed they will not practice or play.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott was sent a letter from the #WeAreUnited movement and he said he is willing to sit down with the Pac-12 players.
Some of the major areas they want addressed are:
— Medical advisory committee working on COVID-19 protocols and webinars for student-athletes and their parents;
— Support for reforming NCAA rules regarding name, image and likeness compensation for college athletes;
— Recent initiatives to address racial inequities such as the formation of a social justice & anti-racism advisory group that includes student-athletes representatives.
The We are United movement wants to focus on health and safety protections, guarding against the elimination of sports programs, ending racial injustice and economic freedom and equity.
I am not sure they are going to get anywhere at this point, but if they wan to make a true statement. Have all the players opt-out of the season. Shut down the entire conference. They would lose marketing money, game money, everything for an entire season. It would set back those facilities more than anything. If you want to make a movement hit their pocket books.
I will bet you anything they will come to the table if every kid opts out. Make a stance. If you are going to make a stance, make one that is worldly known. I am willing to bet you Larry Scott and the rest of the administration in the Pac-12 will panic when they see the players stand up. You can be a leader and other conferences will follow.
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