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Draft boycott

Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:34 pm
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The NFL players are finding an interesting ally in their fight against the owners: college players.

Two agents confirmed to CBSSports.com that the former union has asked top prospects not to attend the April draft. One agent who represents a potential top 25 pick said in an interview that it's possible few, if any, of the top picks will go to the draft.

"There is momentum building on this," said the agent. "If my client is asked, he won't attend."

Wow.

When Roger Goodell announces the picks at the draft it's possible the first ten to 20 draftees will boycott the event, an agent said. An NFLPA source explained it's possible the entire first round might be boycotted as other players decide to join the boycott.

Wow.

College players, one agent explained, seem to be onboard with the decision though I find it difficult to believe at least a few of them won't be upset about losing the opportunity to shine on such a big day. Don't be surprised if a few top prospects show up anyway.

But, so far at least, and according to agents, college players are okay with this development.

The message the former union is sending is crystal clear. They're going to hurt the NFL during one of its most highly watched and money-making events of the season.

Not having top prospects would effectively push the draft back in time to a more primordial event. A boycott wouldn't kill the draft but it would seriously injure it.

So the labor situation gets more interesting by the minute.
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Category: NFL
Tags: Labor
 
Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:27 am
 

Draft boycott

this is a dumb move, just like the other dumb publicity moves. i'll tell what this helps. this helps my decision on how much i'll be spending to support the nfl and its players. i'm a current season-ticketholder, and die hard fan. on top of the season tickets, i also buy the sunday ticket every year. (stupid, i know). what this has made me realize is that my spending was dumb. i will NOT be purchasing sunday ticket. i will NOT be purchasing nfl attire for myself or my children.

and i'm even considering dumping my season tickets, despite having invested in the psl's. i'm middle class, and this was the money i would've been spending on vacation. going to games was like vacation. i'd take my kids, and we'd have a blast. i figure there are other places i can take my kids to have a blast for potentially less money.

the longer this goes on, the more these idiots continue to wage a publicity war, the more they push away the true die-hard fans. i gotta figure if i feel this way, then fringe fans may already start planning to do other things with their sundays without hesitation.

the publicity wars for fan support only hurt the ENTIRE product. the fans don't need turmoil from their entertainment. i'll bet this fued has already cost them money, and the longer it stretches, the most it costs them down the road. they won't be slicing a $9.3 billion dollar pie if others feel the way i do about it.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:57 am
 

Draft boycott

Bad move on the part of those college players.  Owners decide who make teams, not players.




Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:52 am
 

Draft boycott

THis is a GENIOUS move by the NFLPA...It show that the players are the ones who make the NFL go. NOt the owners or Goodell.  BY not having the draftees there who is going to be interviewed on ESPN?  And for those saying "you are taking away their moment"?  NO YOU ARE NOT!  Did you hear what the NFLPA are planning or trying to get to happnen?  Inviting the 17 that are normally invited by the NFL to a resort. All expenses paid for them and their families.  THey will have a rival television network there for coverage.  When they are drafted they will come to the stage and be greeted by elite NFL players and then given their jersey to the team they were drafted by players from that team to welcome them...Not Goodell and a stupid picture to be sent off to Mel Kiper.  This is going to be a great draft!!!!!  This is how the NFL should run the draft.  Why the hell do those players care about Goodell.  Have players welcome you!  The NFLPA knows what they are doing.  They will come out smelling like roses here and the owners and the NFL will be left with an empty room.  Which one would you go to?  Goodell and the announcement or where the players are greeting the rookies?



Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:45 am
 

Draft boycott

Dabiggchill:  Try to stay on topic rather than attacking someone personally or a whole city even.  If you have nothing of substance to add, just shut up then.  Thanks.



Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:33 am
 

Draft boycott

Anyone else notice that Mike Freeman has his gender listed as private?



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:24 am
 

Who cares?

So what if the players don't show up to the draft?  They ruined it by switching to 3 days and starting it on a Thursday anyway.  Having a guy walk on stage to get a cap and a jersey is really not very important to me at all.  They will still have a live draft show with player highlights and speculation on who each team will select.  The anticipation of things to come is what makes the draft fun - not video of a guy smiling because he just got 50 million.  



Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:18 am
 

Draft boycott

Actually the players have hired a financial firm to analyze the books for them if the owners release them. You're right that 90% of the players wouldn't know what they are looking at, but neither would 90% of the owners. DeMaurice Smith is a lawyer, he knows what he's doing in terms of asking for detailed analysis on club-by-club numbers. Neither Green Bay nor Denver are accurate representatives of the big market teams.
Besides, there are plenty of players who understand exactly what's at stake. The fact that they have a successful litigator instead of a former player representing them is a prime indication of that.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:18 am
 

Draft boycott

How selfish of the NFL players.  Make a kid who has worked his ass off have to miss what should be one of the greatest moments of his life.  This just goes to show that NOBODY involved in this give a dam about anyone else.  

These NFL players are trying to save the rights of these future players (and themselves of course).   Remember the rookie cap that the owners are trying to put in place?   These rookies have ALOT invested in the CBA.  More than just the former union trying to "stick it" to the NFL owners.

 



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:16 am
 

Draft boycott

The Draft does not gaurantee these "rookie" any money, only being signed to play in an actual season gives them a paycheck.  Do you think the owners are going to pay these players if there is no seasn, what a joke. 

They can't be signed until their is a CBA in place. All the draft does is guarantee a team a players rights. 



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:14 am
 

Draft boycott

How selfish of the NFL players.  Make a kid who has worked his ass off have to miss what should be one of the greatest moments of his life.  This just goes to show that NOBODY involved in this give a dam about anyone else. 

The players better be careful because the fan base is slowly turning against them..and what they have to realize the player pool is basically endless.  There will be someone wilingl to play football and collect a very nice paycheck if they don`t want to.


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