Several Pac-12 football players from across the conference have threatened to sit out the upcoming season unless the conference meets their demands. The players released an article on the Player’s Tribune this morning detailing their requests. The demands focus on racial injustice, player safety during the coronavirus pandemic, protecting all sports and athlete compensation.
Some of the more notable demands include:
- Player agreed upon health and safety standards as well as the option to opt-out of the 2020 season without fear of their losing scholarship or roster spot
- Preserve all sports by reducing lavish expenditures and administrative compensation
- Form a task force regarding racial injustice as well as initiatives geared toward low-income Black students
- Medical coverage for 6 years after their playing career
- Name, image and likeness compensation
- Fair market pay, rights and freedoms
For the full list check out the Player’s Tribune article released today
Players from across the conference, notably Oregon State DB Jaydon Grant, have been sharing the #WeAreUnited hashtag on twitter in support of these demands.
Obviously this puts and already questionable 2020 season further in doubt as the conference and players will have to come to some agreement to ensure a season.
What say you Beav fans?
Personally I say good for them. It’s beyond time that the players voices were heard and I hope meaningful change can come to college sports because of this.