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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: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:07 am
 

Draft boycott

Here's the problem with many of the intelligent posters(how often can you say that?)of this particular thread's ideas.  For every one of us, us meaning people who would protest a draft or not pay for tickets or $10 concession items or etc., there are thousands of people without the brain power or the willingness to think this through.  I love sports(especially football)as much as the next guy, but not enough to pay the prices to actually go to games and such.  To me, NFL games are about worth $1.00 of money which is about what I pay per game for a season of Sunday Ticket which is the only money the NFL gets from me(okay plus a jersey every few years).  It's not that I couldn't pay to go to games and eat a $8.00 hot dog, it's that those items are just not worth the money in my opinion.  It's kind of like movies.  I could pay $10.00 to go to a movie, but a movie is not worth that to me.  Yet, and I guess this is the point, millions of people go to the movies every week so why would they lower the prices?

Kind of like the BCS arguement(I hate the BCS).  All you read on here is how much people want a playoff but yet the BCS games mostly sell out and get high ratings, so if you ran the thing why would you change anything?  That is what will happen here.  No matter what people will flock back to games and spend the same amount of money as before.  And if there is a lockout in 2 years, the same thing will happen.  I even heard the stupid combine had a record amount of viewers.  As for the rookies boycotting the draft, I am with you guys.  It's painful to watch most of the interviews anyway.  Half the time you get scripted answers that you could have said word for word before the question was asked.  The other half? Let's just say the saying "speaking the King's" doesn't really apply to most of these guys.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:46 am
 

Draft boycott

This has become ridiculous.  The Union decertification was a sham.  What are they now.. a trade association?  Come on.  This is all a bunch of lawyers that have taken over.  This is sport to them.  The most powerful piece to this equation is the fans.  And, both sides take us for idiots.  The crux of the strategy for both sides is that the fans will come crawling back.  The fans can't live without the game and the fans will pay the bill.  They may be right about our need for football, but folks we have the power to move this thing.  A few suggestions on how to assert our power.

April 18 (coincides with tax day) is the absolute deadline for the owners and the trade association to get this done.  Nothing short of a new CBA by midnight is acceptable.  And, we're done with lawyers.  No Jeff Pash. No DeMaurice Smith.  All 32 owners at the table.  If you don't want to play - - sell the team.  As to the players, since you no longer have a union, you're on your own.  Jeff Saturday and Drew Brees can be the face.  Good luck with that.  If you all don't get it done by the 18th, as fans let's do the following thigns that I think are actually realistic:
1. Turn off the NFL Network.  Don't watch it - period.  2.  Don't visit NFL.com.  Don't buy ANY merchandise from the site.  3. Write to CBS, NBC, and FOX.  Let them know that if this is not done by April 18 we will boycott all programming on their network (not just football or sports - all programming) for the first week in September - regardless of an eventual settlement.  The deadline is April 18.   4. If you are a DirecTV subscriber contact them (Liberty Media - John Malone, Chairman).  Let John know that you will boycott DirecTV for the first week in September.  5. Do not purchase any licensed merchandize (trading cards, jerseys, etc.) for the 2011 season.  5.  Write to Saturday and Brees and let them know that we do not want to hear another word from DeMAurice Smith.  His comments about "the fans that dig this game" was the most condescending soundbite in the entire episode.  He could give a crap about the fans.  He is a trial lawyer people.  The lawyers look at us as fools.  They underestimate our power.  Without us there is no money.  That is the real leverage.  6.  Write to Goodell.  No more Jeff Pash either.  No one wants to hear him go on about how transparent the owners are.  This is nothing more than a "good ole boys" club.

Remember, April 18 is a hard deadline.  Collective bargaining must now include the fans.  Our demand is April 18 for a new CBA (allows a week or so for Free Agency prior to the draft).  If no CBA, the above steps are things that we can actually do.  Put the pressure on the networks.  Put the pressure on the owners and the trade association.


Yes someone gets it! Kudos to you sir!

forgot to cut and paste on previous...lol



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:43 am
 

Draft boycott

Yes someone gets it!! Kudos to you sir.<br />




Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:41 am
 

Draft boycott

Plain and simple, we should all boycott the NFL. In a world where most people are losing homes, jobs, the ability to afford the most basic of needs, and here stands a bunch of rich people who are only trying to find a way to get richer. They jack the prices up each year, concessions and memoribilia are overpriced, advertising and television rule the pace of the game, when is enough going to be enough? I for one am praying for them to NOT play, and shut the whole thing down til they can remember what got them all here in the first place. THE FANS! Without fans there are no ticket sales, no jersey sales, no concession sales, no ad revenue, no television contracts. Anyone else sick of watching 4 hours on TV for maybe 15 minutes of actual football? Watching the same commercials over and over, then watching a kickoff, only to go to another commercial. It is not just the owners and players that are ruining the sport, but television and advertisement firms as well. Please lock all these uneducated overpaid babies out, then the owners can lose their ass on empty stadiums, which by the way they make the people in the city they live in pay for through taxes, then charge an arm and a leg to attend the game. Then when they all lose their jobs, houses, fifteen sports cars, bling, etc.... they will know what it is like to actually have to work for a living. Only then will we even approach having the game we all once loved back to being attractive to us all.  I have always been a football fan, but I am starting to ask myself why I bother. When the NBA had their lockout and players were holding "charity" games for themselves to pay for their lifestyle, I quit watching, attending, and all together being a fan. I wish everyone would just suck it up and boycott the NFL, the fans don't need football, but football needs FANS! Everyone come together and send a real message, not only to NFL, but all overhyped, overpriced, sports and entertinment that is just reducing our culture to a bunch of morons. We the people.... need to send a message!



Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:33 am
 

Draft boycott

This has become ridiculous.  The Union decertification was a sham.  What are they now.. a trade association?  Come on.  This is all a bunch of lawyers that have taken over.  This is sport to them.  The most powerful piece to this equation is the fans.  And, both sides take us for idiots.  The crux of the strategy for both sides is that the fans will come crawling back.  The fans can't live without the game and the fans will pay the bill.  They may be right about our need for football, but folks we have the power to move this thing.  A few suggestions on how to assert our power.

April 18 (coincides with tax day) is the absolute deadline for the owners and the trade association to get this done.  Nothing short of a new CBA by midnight is acceptable.  And, we're done with lawyers.  No Jeff Pash. No DeMaurice Smith.  All 32 owners at the table.  If you don't want to play - - sell the team.  As to the players, since you no longer have a union, you're on your own.  Jeff Saturday and Drew Brees can be the face.  Good luck with that.  If you all don't get it done by the 18th, as fans let's do the following thigns that I think are actually realistic:
1. Turn off the NFL Network.  Don't watch it - period.  2.  Don't visit NFL.com.  Don't buy ANY merchandise from the site.  3. Write to CBS, NBC, and FOX.  Let them know that if this is not done by April 18 we will boycott all programming on their network (not just football or sports - all programming) for the first week in September - regardless of an eventual settlement.  The deadline is April 18.   4. If you are a DirecTV subscriber contact them (Liberty Media - John Malone, Chairman).  Let John know that you will boycott DirecTV for the first week in September.  5. Do not purchase any licensed merchandize (trading cards, jerseys, etc.) for the 2011 season.  5.  Write to Saturday and Brees and let them know that we do not want to hear another word from DeMAurice Smith.  His comments about "the fans that dig this game" was the most condescending soundbite in the entire episode.  He could give a crap about the fans.  He is a trial lawyer people.  The lawyers look at us as fools.  They underestimate our power.  Without us there is no money.  That is the real leverage.  6.  Write to Goodell.  No more Jeff Pash either.  No one wants to hear him go on about how transparent the owners are.  This is nothing more than a "good ole boys" club.

Remember, April 18 is a hard deadline.  Collective bargaining must now include the fans.  Our demand is April 18 for a new CBA (allows a week or so for Free Agency prior to the draft).  If no CBA, the above steps are things that we can actually do.  Put the pressure on the networks.  Put the pressure on the owners and the trade association.

If you like the idea, pass it on............   &nb
sp;     



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:14 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.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:43 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!



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:12 am
 

Draft boycott

Stupid CBS POSTER daqman.

Earth to YOU...the College players are not IN LOVE with a system that pays a player money he may never earn at a rate larger than a vet Pro-Bowler.

The System needed to change. Reasonable people could see that.


Reasonable to give up 1 billion dollars of a deal without being shown cause when one owner, Jerry Jones in Dallas, can make 500 million on his team while another owner, Stephen Ross loses 7.7 in Miami, so I MR PLAYER, should take a pay cut to make MR BAD BUSINESS OWNER ROSS whole?

You sound silly.  I THINK NOT.

And if we gotta fight it out in court to see if the Billion is fair....SO BE IT!



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:10 am
 

Draft boycott

Nothing you have said about the players is wrong...however, watching billioners fight over "an extra Billion" is no better.  Watching the state of Wisconsin attack teachers and other government workers as the  problem when these fat cats just want to get fatter is a powerful statement on the problem in this nation.  We have class wars, but they are rich fight rich and poor fighting poor.  It is time for the working class to rise up in a unified voice.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:10 am
 

Draft boycott

I'm sick of this crap already. I say shut the NFL down for a year maybe two and let some of these morons get a job in the real world.


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