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NFL cancels Rookie Symposium amid lockout

Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: May 24, 2011 10:58 am
Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL lockout hasn't been fun but at least it had not caused the cancellation of anything on the league's calendar -- until now. The NFL has cancelled it's rookie symposium in Canton, Ohio, a league source told

The symposium, which was originally scheduled to begin June 26, will likely be "officially" cancelled on Tuesday. Mike Freeman of reported several months that the symposium was in danger as a result of the lockout.

The symposium is designed to bring all the NFL rookies together to try and teach them about life in the NFL, how to better manage their finances, and give tips on general transition to life as a professional athlete.

Our source says NFLPA officials and current active players spoke to rookies at the NFL PLAYERS’ Rookie Premiere about business aspects of the game. We're told that a portion of the meeting touched on some of the issues normally discussed at the Rookie Symposium.
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The timing of the decision in pretty indicative of where we stand on the lockout. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments from both the NFL and the players regarding the injunction of the lockout on June 3. It is not believed the Court of Appeals will rule on that hearing until at least July.

The cancellation of the symposium makes it pretty clear that the expected timing of the court's decision is accurate.

It also means expecting any sort of settlement and/or conclusion of the labor situation before July might just be a fool's errand.

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Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:38 pm

NFL cancels Rookie Symposium amid lockout

The NFLPA could do everyone a favor and run the symposium.  Who better to prepare the rookies than the players themselves.  Bring in planners and health care professionals.  Bring in retired players with bad arthritis and memory loss.  Teach these young guys how they may turnout.  It's prom season so high schools around the country have demolished cars on their lawns reminding kids not to drink and drive.  Bring in some demolished former players and teach the rookies why they need to save and take care of their bodies - on and off the field.  

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:22 am

NFL cancels Rookie Symposium amid lockout

It's funny how the NFL thinks fans will panic (see ESPN report).  Really?  Fans will wake up and think - holly cow!  No Football!  I'm not going to get paid!  Wait...uh...hey, I'm actually saving 500 bucks by not going to any games.  Wow, that kind of feels nice.  I'll take my familiy out to a great day in the city and still have money leftover to play a game of golf.  Oh, and I will just watch college football where they don't have lockouts/strikes(players unwilling to play make this a strike too) and it's more exciting.

The only person who will wake up in a panic is the over paid player.  He will wake up in a sweat when he realizes that he will not get that $900K game check.  Yep, after 8 or 9 of those lost (which they will not get back), they will change their tune to panic.  Those that don't panic, really don't wan't to play the game. 

Rookies really need to worry.  When they find out that they won't get signed until next year - a year removed from football, they will also realize that they are going to get signed for a whole lot less.  Take wherever they were drafted and move them down a couple of rounds.  All vets in their last year - oops, no money (that's panic).  All those in contract years (oops).  If you are a player sitting out there watching, you need to pick up that phone and tell them to get a deal done.  Because what will happen the longer you wait is that the owners will continue to win in court and you will end up with the worst possible deal - no bargining. 

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:11 am

NFL cancels Rookie Symposium amid lockout

I would like someone to explain how the draft is even valid.  If the players were locked out, then how could the owners claim them as property?  So much about the owners actions here make so little sense.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:09 am

NFL cancels Rookie Symposium amid lockout

What are the rookies going to do? The symposium was a guideline that we know all NFL players have lived by to the letter.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:05 am

NFL cancels Rookie Symposium amid lockout

The Symposium has good intentions but bottom line do you think the players actually listen or take anything that is said to heart? They are going to go out and buy what they want, spend their coin, go out with woman and party regardless. More wishful thinking. Also maybe a fear mongoring method employed. Thisis the 1st major event canceled due to the lockout, this may have been a message to the players. The courts ruling should come out about the time of the symposium.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:49 am

NFL cancels Rookie Symposium amid lockout

Who cares?

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