Big Ten denies College Football Players Association access to Media Days, per report
The Big Ten has reportedly changed its mind on having the College Football Players Association at the conference’s upcoming media days in Indianapolis.
The CFBPA has made headlines after recently meeting with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren. The players association, which seeks to have a united voice in negotiating with the Big Ten, does not rule out unionizing at a later time. The players association seeks revenue sharing and better medical care.
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An initial hour-long conversation with Warren led to an invitation to continue the conversation at the conference’s upcoming media days. Now, according to a report by On3’s Pete Nakos, the CFBPA is no longer invited to Indianapolis:
The executive director and founder of the CFBPA Jason Stahl told On3 on Friday afternoon that he held an hour-long conversation with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren last week. The conversation resulted in the association’s invitation to media days for further discussions.
Yet, in an email Saturday night to Stahl, obtained by On3, senior vice president of communications for the Big Ten Jon Schwartz said the conference will “not be able to accommodate the CFBPA’s request to attendance in Indianapolis.”
“A primary goal of media days is to highlight student-athletes’ accomplishments as well as to kick-off the 2022 football season. In light of the media coverage yesterday, we believe attendance by CFBPA representatives at this event would distract from our student-athletes and this goal.”
Penn State QB Sean Clifford released a statement Friday clarifying he is not currently a member of the larger association, though he is having discussions with CFBPA leadership.
Big Ten Media Days are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.