When #WeAreUnited says it’s about the money, Larry Scott says it isn’t.
Scott included six bulleted paragraphs in the email related to the conference’s coronavirus protocols as background to prepare for the call; however, like his initial response Monday, he did not address the group’s proposal for a drastic reduction to his own salary and the distribution of 50% of each sport’s total conference revenue evenly among athletes in their respective sports.
In a call Wednesday with the Pac-12’s Student-Athlete Leadership Team, which is part of the Pac-12’s governance structure and comprised of athletes from every school across several sports, Scott implied the #WeAreUnited group’s economic demands were unrealistic and a non-starter, according to multiple sources familiar with the call.
The idea that Scott would accede to a player demand to reduce his salary and split conference revenues was nothing more than a pipe dream. If, however, that was offered as a negotiating tactic to get traction for issues like player health, that shows more smarts and realism.
There’s an indication that’s what those players may really be after.
Pick the battles you can win, kids. And remember whom you’re dealing with.