Emmert to Meet With Players Protesting NCAA Tourney

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A group of protesting basketball players is ready to have an audience with the NCAA.

Michigan’s Isaiah Livers, Rutgers’ Geo Baker and Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon will have to wait, as NCAA president Mark Emmert has reportedly agreed to meet with them after the NCAA tournament. That’s not soon enough for the players, who responded to Emmert with a letter requesting they meet by Friday and saying that their concerns about student-athlete rights should be top priority.

“We are disappointed that you intend to delay this important conversation for at least two weeks,” reads the letter, which was shared by The Athletic’s Chris Vannini. “From our perspective, it’s difficult to imagine any higher priority you may have at this time than addressing concerns that are at the core of state and federal college athletes’ rights legislation, an upcoming US Supreme Court ruling on college athletes’ economic freedoms, and the NCAA’s ongoing discriminatory treatment of female basketball players in its tournament. Can you please explain what you will be doing over the next two weeks that is more important than addressing these matters?”

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