NCAA Pres. Mark Emmert to Meet with Protesting Players After 2021 Tournaments

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2021

Michigan's Isaiah Livers wears a T-shirt that reads
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NCAA president Mark Emmert told college basketball players who are protesting as part of the #NotNCAAProperty movement that he will meet with them following the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments. 

Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press reported the news Tuesday, noting Michigan's Isaiah Livers, Rutgers' Geo Baker and Iowa's Jordan Bohannon spearheaded the movement that is calling for more opportunities for athletes to earn money through image and likeness rights.

The players wanted to meet with Emmert on Tuesday over Zoom, but they apparently will have to wait.

Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic shared a response from National College Players Association executive director Ramogi Huma:

Nicole Auerbach 😷 @NicoleAuerbach

The #NotNCAAProperty players have responded to Emmert's letter, expressing frustration about delaying a meeting: https://t.co/xrGyVCz7l4

Russo pointed out the NCAA's shift toward giving players chances to earn money through name, image and likeness rights "has bogged down amid warnings from the Department of Justice about possible antitrust violations."

The Supreme Court will hear an NCAA case regarding the issue next week.

While Baker, Bohannon and Livers, who wore a T-shirt with the hashtag #NotNCAAProperty for Saturday's game between the Wolverines and Texas Southern, have led the efforts, a number of collegiate athletes across various sports have spread awareness on social media.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Isaiah Livers showed up to Michigan's tournament game wearing a "Not NCAA Property" shirt. https://t.co/hv7R5Z8mtm

Auerbach shared the movement's goals:

Nicole Auerbach 😷 @NicoleAuerbach

Here's what the #NotNCAAProperty movement is officially calling for, per @NCPANOW: https://t.co/YEqUucuDLn

This also comes amid the NCAA facing criticism for disparities in the amenities available for men's players and women's players during March Madness.

Players have also spread the word about such concerns on social media:

Sedona Prince @sedonaprince_

Let me put it on Twitter too cause this needs the attention https://t.co/t0DWKL2YHR

Sabrina Ionescu @sabrina_i20

Women’s @NCAA bubble weight room vs Men’s weight room... thought this was a joke. WTF is this?!? To all the women playing in the @marchmadness tournament, keep grinding! https://t.co/K04KTv6s46

Heather Dinich of ESPN reported Emmert wrote a letter about the discrepancies and said "a number of balls were dropped."

The men's tournament is taking place in Indiana, while the women's tournament is being played in Texas.