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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 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."


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.


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

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:07 am

Draft boycott

Since the NFL has Anti-Trust Exemption and by law they are forced to Negotiate.  Do they have to?  NO.   Will it open up a can of worms they NEVER! Wanted to see happen like No Draft. No Salary Cap. No Cost Constraints. Contracts that Matter.   Just Maybe.....

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:04 am

don't feel bad for 'em

I have a hard time feeling bad for the owners situation; they charge excessive amounts for everything.  They'll be fine without that extra $1B off the top.

I also have a hard time feeling bad for the players, even if the owners DO shave off $1B.  They "lose" money?  They make, AT MINIMUM, OVER a quarter million per year.  Anyone of them who can't live a solid life on that salary needs to cut the leaches out of his life, live within his means (if you're not the one with Nike endorsements, don't live like you are), and SAVE money for his future, as NFL careers don't last forever.  I love football, but the fact that over 50% of NFL players are bankrupt after retiring is a prime example of the bigger issues going on in our country... too many people living above their means, and then bitching to big brother about wanting a hand-out because they didn't manage their own assets intelligently.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:59 pm

College suckers

Earth to upcoming first round picks. The "former" NFL Players Association is not your friend. In fact, there are few things that they are in full agreement with the owners on, but one thing they all want is to put a firm rookie salary cap into place. So, go ahead, boycott your big day. Then wait until your future veterans welcome you with a smile and open arms, giving you your predetermined  does welcome you with open cheap slotted salary contract. It's all for the "former" union though. Brotherhood. All for them, and don't worry, you'll get yours eventually if you last in the league longer than the average player's career of 3 1/2 years or so.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:58 pm

Draft boycott



I'm putting my rooting interests behind the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Sorry.

Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:57 pm

Draft boycott

I agree with themuzzer and others.  I am done with pro sports.  All of you that get on here and complain about high beer prices and ticket prices but then go pay them are exactly why this lockout is happening.  The owners and players are greedy because they see a dumb American public ready to forgive and forget the second the teams step back on the field.  I, for one, am done.  I went to my last pro game two years ago and am priced out.  My wife and I make comfortable salaries and live well, but I am done throwing down several hundred for two tickets, travel costs, and whatever else.  The only way this situation changes is if the fans stay away.  That would punch both sides in the gut.
College sports give me my fix, and to be honest, I would watch on TV or the net instead of attend if I did not work at a university and get tickets for next to nothing.  How we can throw away so much money is beyond me.  I admit, I am guilty, too.  I used to spend a few thousand each year attending games.  I look at these labor situations and think I was an idiot.  There are many wonderful ways to spend your time in life, and I am done being a puppet in a fight between millionaires and billionaires.  Most of you will be right back in line when football comes back, but I encourage you to evaluate that choice.  If we stand up to this, it will change.  Teams can't get by on skybox and downfront ticket sales to corporations.  They rely on the moronic masses to give away whole paychecks to watch a few hours worth of sport, and they have been getting it for far too long.  The fans really are the losers here, and people hold way more power than they think.  Just stay away; it is easy once you do it.  

Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:54 pm

Draft boycott

since when does a business owner need to show the employees the books ? If they dont like it get another job . . . there are plenty of bodies to fill the rosters. The NFLPA is too big for its britches. The players are employees yet act like owners. I wish someone would franchise me for the average of the 5 highest salaries in the league. The minimum salary in the league beats the pants off any other job in america. spoiled rotten prima donnas.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:30 pm

Draft boycott

If Taco Bell employees had a union, and they were involved in a labor dispute that Taco Bell ownership insisted on taking money out of the pockets of all employees to pad their own "operation" expenses, I am quite sure those employees would demand the same thing the NFLPA has done.

That is exactly the case.

The owners initially wanted an additional $1 billion per year off the top before the other money was shared with the union. Figure each team has a roster of 55 players for 1760 players which comes out to an average of `$568, 181 per player, per year. I don't know about you, but if the owners were demanding that kind of coin then I don't blame the players in the least demanding that the owners open the books to show the "need". Also given that not every player has the contract of a Manning or Brady, this becomes pretty significant for the vast majority of other players.

Not only that, but the owners also cancel contracts when it suits them, forces a player to stay working for them with a franchise tag and generally applies specific conditions that prevent players from working where they want. Taco Bell doesn't do such a thing. Yes they are the owners of the team, but without the elite players and the fans that want to watch them, they don't have the money lining their pockets and nice pretty stadiums at city/county/state tax-payer expense.

What other business or entity limits where you can or can't work? That is the whole crux of the anti-trust lawsuits pending.


Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:00 pm

Draft boycott

It is about F ing sad when a bunch a million players want to take the spot light from these college stars. Does Taco Bell shows its' books to the workers? NO. I am no fan of the billionaire owners, however, they are business owners who take a risk buying a team. The players work for the owners. It needs to go back to that. I hope they stay locked out until the players all have to file bankruptcy.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 10:52 pm

Draft boycott

Right.  So you funny guyses didn't read the article, it is specifically mentioning agents telling their clients to boycott.  Clearly the NFL agents don't have any concern with these negotiations now.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 10:38 pm

Draft boycott


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