The Players of the Pac-12 will opt-out of fall camp and game participation due to COVID-19 and other serious concerns unless the conference guarantees in writing to protect and benefit both scholarship athletes and walk-ons. #WeAreUnited https://t.co/KQ3oqdB5BL— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) August 2, 2020
Edit: I added the opt-out notice above with original post below.
There was a thread on this a week-or-so ago, but the reporting from ESPN on a looming Pac-12 opt-out is much more substantial.
A group of Pac-12 football players from multiple schools is threatening to opt out of both preseason camps and games until its negotiations with the league regarding concerns about racial injustice, their safety during the coronavirus pandemic and other demands are completed.
A text message obtained by ESPN says the group's goal is to "obtain a written contract with the Pac- 12 that legally ensures we are offered the following protections and benefits."
The group's list of demands, according to the text message, includes safe play amid the pandemic, fighting racial injustice, securing economic rights and fair compensation, protecting all sports and obtaining long-term health insurance.
Pac-12 players calling for an "opt-out of all Pac-12 fall camps & football games until our negotiations with the Pac-12 end," in a text invitation obtained by The Athletic. Group will publish its "list of demands" Monday— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 1, 2020