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Pac-12 leaders schedule call with #WeAreUnited group over 2020 season

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A group of conference players and Pac-12 leaders have agreed to schedule a call about the players potentially boycotting the 2020 season.

On Wednesday, an email was sent out to the #WeAreUnited group where commissioner Larry Scott proposed a Zoom call at 8 p.m. PT Thursday to discuss the athletes’ list of demands.

Those lists of demands were revealed over the weekend in a public unveiling.

The call would include Scott, ASU athletic director Ray Anderson, Utah athletic director Mark Harlan and Pac-12 assistant commissioner Chris Merino, the league’s liaison to student-athlete groups.

The group’s demands are as reasonable as asking the league to form a permanent civic engagement task force for social injustice issues and as aggressive as asking Scott to take a pay cut and demanding the league distribute 50% of each sport's conference revenue among athletes.

Last Wednesday, players and virus-related demands were met when the NCAA announced a series of health and safety requirements for schools and conferences implemented during the 2020 season.

In those demands, the NCAA is requiring all schools to cover athlete expenses related to COVID-19 and to honor all scholarships for players who opt out of the season. The association is also banning all liability waivers that schools were requiring athletes to sign. 

Scotts plans to, on Thursday, send the group the most updated health and safety guidelines and protocols by the Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee.

 

Several Pac-12 players have voiced their public support for the movement while also announcing that they plan to play this season if the demands are met or not.

The call between the Pac-12 leaders and players could be monumental in college football history with players and athletic administrators coming together and negotiating terms of safety on all fronts.

We will see how the call turns out when it wraps up later tonight.