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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: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:08 am
 

Draft boycott

I think this is a horrible move for the union.  This will just show that the players don't really care about the fans, and the players will just lose more support.  Using the soon to be rookies as pawns in this fight is just wrong. 



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:03 am
 

Draft boycott

"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."

Really?  I never found that having players in attendance added anything at all to the draft and even admired Joe Thomas a few years back for going fishing with his dad instead of attending.  I seriously doubt this boycott will not affect television ratings one bit and so my view is that its intended purpose is solely to express player solidarity.   



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:02 am
 

Draft boycott

So what, what does this do for my life and the life of my children? This whole thing is a farce. A bunch of rich and super rich jerks deciding how to split up billions of dollars. Personally I think they can all go to Hades. I love football but this is way way out of control and the same goes for college football.



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:40 am
 

Draft boycott

Many good comments here.  This is the type of embarrassing exposure that happens when you have a disturbance in the norm.  When the NFL runs smoothly, everyone justs enjoys the aspects of the game- the draft, free agency, pre-season, season, playoffs.
Now the details ranging from cheerleader pay to an accounting of $billions become the main stories in the NFL world.  The draft has become a great (and money making) event on its own, which appears will be the 1st real blow to fans as a result of this greed.  The flippant attiutude from both sides towards the fans of "no worries - the season is 6 months away" will continue to cheat us out of the post/pre season events that build excitment for the next season.






Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:27 am
 

Draft boycott

This is the outcome of greedy billionaires (owners) negotiating with greedy millionaires (players)!
I would like to see all the potential 1st round draft picks stay home, but somehow I can't see the likes of Newton et al missing out on such a deal to get his mug into the media!
I say sod em! Let's have the replacement games as in '87, crazy scores, crazy plays and players, some of whom even made it back to the NFL after the strike.
C'mon man, Donald Trump, get your purse out, you could own a whole league!
Just my opinion as an ageing Commie! If I was 40 years younger I'd sign up, as a kicker or WR! If there was ever a time for resurrecting the USFL it's now!
Crazytrucker




Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:11 am
 

Draft boycott

I see it like this...it's a business.  The owner's literally have the most money invested in the business in a risk/reward scenario.  The players get payed large sums of money to play a game/do a job.  Boycott whatever you want, I've never been a die hard NFL person as I'd rather watch college ball.  Telling guys that will only get to be drafted once in their life to not enjoy the experience is retarded.  What impact does that have exactly on the outcome?  I totally agree with the concept someone else stated earlier about paying out the cash for the pricey tickets, the expensive concessions, etc. when people are out of work and being foreclosed on, but you know what that is?  A CHOICE!  When people start taking responsibility for THEIR actions that will be a good day.  Let the college athletes enjoy their draft day, and if you don't want to watch, don't watch.  That says more to me than the union that doesn't exist right now telling players not to go.  It's not like there wouldn't be cameras set up in said athletes living rooms instead....



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 6:52 am
 

Draft boycott

I wonder how many NFL players would want to have their moment in the sun denied...even if they are a low pick in the draft I would think it would be a high point in anyone's life. I think the players "union" is off base on this issue and getting a little too selfish.


Right, thats the problem.
The NFLPA and the players ARE extremely selfish at this point, as are the owners. They really couldnt care less about the people that are actually padding their rediculously padded pockets.

The demands the NFLPA is putting on the owners is beyond recognition in the working world. Where else can you demand your owner do this and that to such a rediculous degree.
And once again, on the selfish end, the players moan and moan about the longevity of their lives, yet its the owners and the owners alone that put money towards players futures, not the players themselves.
The players want to invest NOTHING and gain EVERYTHING. Business can not survive on this premise.

Screw em. Screm em all. They are spoiled rich crybabies at this point. The Owners will do okay without the players (Not nearly as okay as with them of course) but the players will really really struggle with a lockout......of course, they have all been given a college education, so that should help them in the real world......oh wait.........



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:04 am
 

Draft boycott

Have none of you read about the agreements!?? The last couple of days before the lockout the owners not only gave up on the extra billion but also gave up 200 million of the previous agreement for a total of $800 million off the top.  Looks like everybody likes to talk about this situation, but nobody understands it!

The problem is the players say that is a lie the owners made up for the press



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:07 am
 

Draft boycott

I am in and will boycott the draft selection show-  It's as simple as that and I know a lot of people whom I will ask to do the same-



Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:59 am
 

Draft boycott

And the cheerleaders only make about $50.00 a game.....how can owners get away with this?


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