Group of Pac-12 athletes unite, threaten opt out unless athletes' demands of conference are met

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Athletes at Pac-12 institutions have announced a unity group to negotiate with the conference and league ahead of fall sports starting, with specific demands in regards to the upcoming football season for “fair treatment for college athletes.” 

The group’s goals, announced in a news release and published in a Players Tribune article Sunday titled #WeAreUnited, range from clearer COVID-19 safety protocols and increased testing to racial equality and name, image and likeness rights. The news release is signed “Players of the Pac-12,” and includes the names of 12 players representing nine of the 12 schools in the conference. It is made on behalf of “hundreds” of the conference’s football players.

“We are being asked to play college sports in a pandemic in a system without enforced health and safety standards, and without transparency about COVID cases on our teams, the risks to ourselves, our families, and our communities,” the missive reads. “We will…

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