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PAC-12 players outline demands in Players’ Tribune Letter

On Saturday, it was reported the players of the PAC-12 were threatening to opt-out of playing if the league didn’t offer them protection and benefits. As expected in the report, the demands were made public as players in the PAC-12 sent out this letter titled #WeAreUnited in the Players’ Tribune Sunday morning.

In the letter, the players opened with a message that displayed their unity that outlined they stand together on the following demands, broken down into these four parts:

  • Health & Safety Protections
  • Protect All Sports
  • End Racial Injustice in College Sports and Society
  • Economic Freedom and Equity

In these demands, the PAC-12 players stated that during the coronavirus pandemic, players should be protected from losing eligibility if they decided to opt-out of playing due to COVID-19 concerns (the SEC has announced athletes who elect to sit out due to COVID-19 concerns will have their scholarships honored). The players also argue COVID-19 agreements that waive liability should be prohibited – NCAA president Mark Emmert has also said he is “categorically opposed to [such waivers]. It is an inappropriate thing for schools to be doing.”

The players also demanded mandatory health and safety standards, which would be monitored by third party health officials who have been approved by the players. These officials wouldn’t be limited to COVID-19 proceedings – they would also have a hand in cases of serious injury, abuse and death of collegiate athletes.

The union thinks excessive spending should be drastically reduced to preserve all existing sports by eliminating excessive expenditures. Those expenditures include “excessive pay” to PAC-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, administrators and coaches, as well as their performance and academic bonuses. The players also stated lavish facilities are unnecessary, and those endowments funds should instead be used to preserve the sports on the brink of being cut. In early July, Stanford became the first member of the conference to announce it will be cutting 11 varsity athletic programs by the end of the 2020-21 school year. The letter cites Stanford’s 27.7 billion-dollar endowment and suggests the school tap into that before cutting these sports.

As for ending racial injustice, the players are asking for a permanent civic-engagement task force consisting of leaders, experts of the players’ choosing, and various administrators from across the conference. The letter also states 2 percent of the revenue the PAC-12 earns should be put into supporting financial aid for low-income Black students, community initiatives and development programs for college athletes on each campus.

An annual PAC-12 Black College Athlete Summit was also outlined. At the summit, there would be guaranteed representation of at least three athletes of the players’ choosing from each PAC-12 school.

Finally, financial freedom. The players of the PAC-12 are demanding they receive guaranteed medical expense coverage, in addition to the ability to profit off of their name, image and likeness. They outlined their fair market pay plan as well, which include:

  • Distributing 50% of each sport’s total conference revenue evenly among athletes in their respective sports.
  • Six-year athletic scholarships to foster undergraduate and graduate degree completion.
  • Elimination of all policies and practices restricting or deterring our freedom of speech, our ability to fully participate in charitable work, and their freedom to participate in campus activities outside of mandatory athletics participation.
  • The ability of players of all sports to transfer one time without punishment, and additionally in cases of abuse or serious negligence.
  • Ability to complete eligibility after participating in a pro draft if a player goes undrafted and foregoes professional participation within seven days of the draft.
  • Due process rights.

This letter has the chance to change the face of college sports forever. These players from the PAC-12 have shown they are the ones with the power to decide whether or not there are fall sports this fall, and it will be interesting to see what will come of this letter and their demands in the following weeks.

You can read the entire letter from the Players Tribune here, along with a message of unity from the players.

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

23 Comments for PAC-12 players outline demands in Players’ Tribune Letter

  1. Lip Man 1
    1:10 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    Many of these demands seem very reasonable given the COVID-19 outbreak and the NCAA making millions and millions of dollars.

    • runningunnin.454
      5:35 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

      Nonsense; several of the demands are already being addressed; and, policies are forthcoming. Other demands are outrageous, and unattainable even with a sincere and wholehearted effort by the conferences.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      5:45 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

      Wow, modbot doesn’t like me agreeing with RG. Oh well.

    • runningunnin.454
      6:11 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

      It’ the thought that counts, Chris. The sad thing is that student-athletes think that they wield enormous power. Same with professional athletes that are paid astronomical salaries to play sports…to play a game. They are not essential; they are a luxury.
      What if our society comes to the realization that we can forgo sports? I guess the athletes would have to go do…something else.

  2. UKFanSC
    2:05 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    Now the players of the PAC 12 have essentially formed a political coalition. And having watched the example set for them they are adopting the tactic of the day…..issue demands. Oh yeah, this list of “virus safety demands” had to include at least one social justice finger wag to be in tune with 2020. I would revoke their scholarships, and send their asses home.

    • Rocket868
      11:49 am August 3, 2020 Permalink

      You sound like a petulant child “If they don’t do what I LIKE I am taking my ball and going home”. If you do not like it don’t watch, go watch hockey. No black players asking to be full citizens there… smdh. You are not important dude

    • UKFanSC
      3:09 pm August 3, 2020 Permalink

      I am important. Very much so. Because I represent and actually express the opinion of millions who are fed up with your version of society. It doesn’t surprise me that it offends weenies like you….in fact it makes my day !! Take your BLM agenda and stick it up your a$$….

  3. LouisvilleNative
    2:14 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    If an ungrateful college scholarship student, whether an athlete or not, doesn’t want to take advantage of the offered scholarship without stipulation, they can welcomingly reject the scholarship. There are THOUSANDS of other college student who would gratefully accept the scholarship with grace and without disrespect. If a college student wants to make money from their NIL, go for it but pay for your own college education! Leave the scholarships for the disadvantaged students who cannot afford to pay for their own education.

    • Rocket868
      11:50 am August 3, 2020 Permalink

      You do not have to watch… that’s an option… especially when this movement comes to the SEC. Take your ball and go home

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    2:46 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    Working in an educational environment, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “How do you measure that?” regarding learning objectives, program objectives, etc.

    So, “End Racial Injustice in College Sports…AND Society?” How exactly do you measure that? Who’s measuring stick do you use? How is the PAC-12 conference supposed to solve that for all society if it already exists in college sports and they haven’t solved it there yet? And actually, it would be measuring “sticks“, because those are extremely broad and multifaceted goals.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:44 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

      Whose not who’s. Lol

  5. T-Town Cat
    2:49 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    Only 1-2% of college athletes will be famous enough to make money off NIL. I think this group realizes that and wants the University and Conference to pay the other 98-99% an equal amount so they won’t cry “Unfair” to the NIL few.

  6. BigBlueFoo42777
    2:51 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    Someone should let them know they dont have to play. I would still watch and bet on games if the players were horrible. If it’s that bad they should quit. They are not essential to our every day life.

    • runningunnin.454
      5:22 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

      “They are not essential to our every day life”; that is the elephant in the living room that some student-athletes and some professional athletes are missing.
      1. Colleges do not have to have sports.
      2. This country does not have to have sports.
      The conferences only grant them power if they capitulate, and allow the players to hold sports hostage.

    • Rocket868
      11:51 am August 3, 2020 Permalink

      You are right they are not essential, so why comment? You seem triggered… if you weren’t upset you would not have given your opinion ?????

  7. light my fire
    5:31 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    Equality mean as many whites as blacks on basketball team don’t it.

    • satcheluk
      9:28 am August 3, 2020 Permalink


  8. light my fire
    6:24 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    One thing they demand

    In partnership with the Pac-12, 2% of conference revenue would be directed by players to support financial aid for low-income Black students, community initiatives, and development programs for college athletes on each campus.

    So what about the Hispanic athletes, no mention of them. Seems it’s all for the blacks.

    I got an idea, why don’t you just do good in school and get a scholarship like everyone else.
    Blacks have same as whites
    Free bussing
    Fee education
    Chance to learn like else

  9. The Professor
    7:30 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    “Light My Fire” perhaps you could earn one of those scholarships to go back to school to take a remedial English course. You could likely use a Humanities class or two as well.

    • Rocket868
      11:55 am August 3, 2020 Permalink

      Man, I was going to say the same… you beat me to it. Someone needs to light a fire in his brain apparently lmfao. “The Blacks” is all I needed to see from his reference to know he really wants to say is the n-word. Idd rather you just come out and say it. Clown.

    • Corder
      6:39 pm August 3, 2020 Permalink

      Glad y’all couldn’t dispute anything he said, only correcting his grammar shows you he isn’t too far off base and the fact you called him racist shows if he doesn’t get on his knees and bow to you clowns he’s racist. God have mercy on you idiots.

  10. bbn606
    7:33 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

    Can we say goodbye PAC 12?

  11. Lip Man 1
    9:35 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink