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Draft boycott

Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:34 pm
 
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.
Category: NFL
Tags: Labor
 
Comments

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:13 am
 

Draft boycott

Signing bonus are the only guaranteed money a player gets in the NFL.  A sport where a players well-being and abilty to provide is at jeopardy every single play.   Yeah, they should be as much as they can before their body breaks down and they lose brain function due to repeated concussions.




Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:10 am
 

Draft boycott

The owners could really screw the union here if they had the balls to do it.  Right now there is no CBA and there is no union at all.  The owners can do anything they want. 

With no league and no players there is nothing the owners can do but sit in a courtroom and wait for a judge to tell them what they can do.  The draft is part of negotiations (now a judge's rulings), without it being written into the new CBA (or judge's ruling) there will not be a draft at all.  Everyone could be a freeagent from the day they got out of college, if a draft isn't agreed to.

 If I'm these guys I announce the NFL draft is postponed until a deal is in place.  When it's confirmed there will be a 2011 season, I hold the draft.  If there is no 2011 season, I tell the union there is no draft... we'll just let this current class of potential draftees sweat out another college football season and see how many more eligible players there are next year that pass them in the draft....

What?  You mean a draft for the season which may or may not be played in 2011.  Don't you understand that even if these players are drafted this year they will only be payed if there is a 2011 season.  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.  So if there is no season in 2011 they will still be competing against the 2012 class of players for a job and their money the following year.  It wouldn't change anything, except lessening the amount of money the ownes could earn. 



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:45 am
 

Draft boycott

How can all of these union supporters still be acting like this is all about the owners showing the players the books.  First off, 90+% of the players would have no idea what they are looking at.  Secondly, both the GB Packers and Denver have offered the union the opportunity to look at their books, and the union declined.  As far as the rookies being at the draft, who really cares, other than the players and their families.  The union is taking that away from them, but this is probably best for those that are watching because almost everyone of the drafted players can barely speak understandable English. 



Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:37 am
 

Draft boycott

This is what happens when you have a lawyer running the NFLPA... you get low ball tactics.. now, I think both sides are at fault because all of them are Greedy....   Players get guaranteed money (Signing bonuses) that set them up and their generations of family, for life!!!!!!!  Owners put out the money to lay the product on the field.   I think it is ludacris that these two sides can't hammer out a deal.....  I got it... leave the deal the way it is and take that Billion or half a Billion and put it towards the past/retired players..... everyone is happy.... now to the point at hand....   NFLPA using the potential prospects to boycott the draft.... not a smart move to win over the majority of fans....  with all the gamesmanship and one ups...  the Union looks like liars.... they keep apologising to the fans and blah blah blah.... if you really wanted to play and you really cared about the fans, put your greed aside and hammer out a deal because as I see this play out, I am starting to get the impression that the players are starting to act like a jilted wife or girlfriend looking for the payday!!!!!!   I am a football nut and I have the unfortunate life of being a Redskin fan, in DC, that has to deal with the BS 365 with lil Napolean... trust me, he takes everyone to the cleaners to watch a game, buy a drink or merch.... I am surprised the man has not charged a toll to pee in his stadium!!!   Now, what I did and it seems to be hard for people in our area to do...  I stopped contributing....  I stopped going to games (Watching on TV), I refuse to buy merchandise.. I went on strike for my team the last two years.  I am just one person and the NFL and the skins dont suffer from my few thousand that I drop a year but this squabble could possibly really hurt this league financially, if some people finally say eff it, i am done and stop spending the money.  I know it may sound wacky and crazy but it is possible... law of physics, whatever goes up, must eventually come down.  maybe, just maybe this event is the pinnacle of the NFL and it will slowly come down :)     Gentlemen, do what is right and make a deal, for the fans!



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:37 am
 

Draft boycott

You kknow what, I think this is one of the most selfish and vindictive things that a decertified union could do. This just shows the depths of the greed of people in this country. This moment is a moment that most of these kids coming out of college have dreamed of since they were in little league, and to ask them to give it up just to hurt the owners is classless! I was a football player before I got seriously injured (outside of football), and if I was in the position that these kids are in coming out of college I would be highly upset and insulted to be asked to do this. To take away this moment from me and my family at a time like this would be the ultimate slap in my face. I wish that other college players would be bold enough to come out and speak about this. How many of you, if you owned a business, would be willing to open your financials to all of your employees? I'm willing to bet, very few would! PURE OLD AMERICAN GREED!!! This is why the rest of the world has lost respect for America!



Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:33 am
 

Draft boycott

As a fan, I'd actually be ecstatic if college players boycotted the draft. Instead of lobbing the same softball questions to draftee's (how does it feel? Are you excited to be a member of said organization? etc etc) we can get more analysis and discussion from commentators about skill set and fit with scheme as well as organizational needs.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:31 am
 

Draft boycott

If they held a draft and no one came would it be less of a draft? Who actually attends the draft anyway? So, you miss out on an opportunity to boo or cheer for the player your team chooses. So what? It doesn't influence who gets chosen anyway. So you don't get a chance to see college football highlights in April. Again, is this such a big deal? So you don't have a chance to see what a player looks like without his football gear on, holding up the jersey of the team you root for, and uttering cliches as he plans on how he is going to spend his new found riches. Is that going to pay your electric bill or your rent / mortgage in May? It's April and on the East Coast, we just got through a brutal winter where most of us was forced indoors for the majority of the time. When we did venture out, we did so under necessity (work, food shopping, for our families). Missing out on one day of football in April shouldn't have that much impact in your lives. If it does, then that's a shame.




Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:31 am
 

Draft boycott

I'm on the players side in this overall fight, but I think they're wrong to ask the college players to boycott the draft. It's unfair to these kids. The current NFL players all had their moment in the spotlight, and taking that away. or even making it uncomfortable for this years draftees is petty.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:29 am
 

Draft boycott

This is about the owners and the league profiting off of these new players before they even have a voice.  It's about these new players standing by their future teammates.   Why should the league make money off of these kids through advertising and merchandising and then tell them they can't go to work.  They want to cap their salary, but still make millions off the kids' names.   Good move by the former union, IMO.   The owners need to open their books and pay the players a fair share of the profits.  Without the players, there is no league.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:22 am
 

Draft boycott

Before these college players decide to boycott, they need to realize it going to hurt more than just the fans and the NFL's ratings. What about the company that makes all that fabric for the tailor's to use so they can make those gaudy top 10 para-suits, or the New York jeweler who has a loaded inventory of watches the size of a sun dial, and lastly, no Mel Kiper!!! 

If this does happen, we'll see how much solidarity there is between the Veterans and the rookies after the draft when they sign their contracts that will more than double the Vets if the player's win this battle with the owners. Be careful what you wish for...



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