After meeting with The College Football Players Association (CFBPA) following news that Penn State would be creating the association’s first-ever campus chapter, it looked like the group would be invited to attend this week’s Big Ten Media Days, but that is no longer true.
According to On3, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren invited members from the CFBPA to attend this week’s Big Ten Media Days following a meeting with the group on Friday, but that invitation has since been pulled after news surfaced that Warren and the CFBPA were beginning talks about revenue sharing.
In an email 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,” the email read. “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.”
While the CFBPA will not be in attendance for the conference’s preseason media event in Indianapolis, it does sound like the Big Ten will be willing to communicate and work with the CFBPA and any other group of players as the landscape of college athletics continues to change.
“The Big Ten Conference consistently communicates and collaborates with our student-athletes,” Warren said in a statement to ESPN. “We are in the process of formalizing a student-athlete advisory committee to seek input from our student-athletes about the changing landscape of college athletics. We continue to work with our member institutions to ensure our student-athletes have an outstanding and well-rounded experience, while promoting and safeguarding the mission of higher education, and prioritizing excellence and integrity in both academics and athletics.”