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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 19, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:39 am
 

Draft boycott

reduce ticket prices and NFL gear first.  THEN see how much money is left to divide between Owners and Players.  Either way, the fans are the only ones getting screwed with high prices.  I could careless whose getting my $200 that I pay for a regular season ticket that is so far away that I might as well have watched it from an airplane.



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:26 am
 

Draft boycott

Another product of our failed education system.



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Draft boycott

No. He's absolutely right. The large majority of the players are special teams players or backups and they are in and out pretty quickly. Even the "stars" don't last long. For every Brett Favre, there are several Billy Sims -- a turf toe injury away from nothing.

I find it amazing ANYONE sides with the owners. These are 32 people -- mostly who inherited their money or had it handed to them, then convinced taxpayers to pay for their stadiums and jack up the ticket costs so it costs a kidney to see the game even as they make obscene amounts of money.

Why won't they open their books? Because people will see they are making so much money Midas would be jealous. This crying poor crap is BS.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Draft boycott

The average NFL player or practice squad guy plays 3 years and makes less than $1 million dollars. That is the vast majority of the NFL that gets lost between the scenes.

That statement is so ridiculous it's not even funny man.  The average career is 3 years?  Go look at your favourite team's roster and see for yourself how many players have a lot more then 3 years in the league.  And in most cases the players that don't are either rookies or new to the league.  Those "averages" you're quoting is the union talking crap..... those averages include players cut after 1 day of practice... literally one day on the field as a walk on and he counts against that average..... it's a joke




Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Draft boycott

Its an easy fix here in the NFL money issues.  If players don't want to play for the owners for the money they give them, its easy go to your profession you went to college for and got your degree it college for, ohh, wait they left early to earn the big money fast, what was I thinking.  Man up players, just when you think you have it bad, there is a lot of people a lot worse than you.  I own a business and if I had my employees looking over my shoulder and seeing what I was making and bitched for more money I would have a problem, like anyone.  Ridiculious!!  What the average player make $300 $400K, sounds good to a lot of people here in the US.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Draft boycott

The NFL is a career choice.  Players are offered jobs and it is up to them to accept or not.  They can CHOOSE another career path like anyone can.

Construction and cement workers work hard and long and abuse their bodies for much less fame and pay.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Draft boycott

@j

I'm not comparing my worth to theirs.  I'm saying that these guys have a huge opportunity and it would be a huge mistake not to take advantage of it.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Draft boycott

Those statistics are skewed.  They include thousands of undrafted free agents who never had a legitimate chance to be on a roster for more than a year or two, but were signed to come into training camp.  The average career length being 3 years isn't because of injury.  It's mainly because they get cut for newer, fresher "exploited" African Americans who earn more through their signing bonus then they ever could in an alternative career.



Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Draft boycott

A million careers?  Really?

It's all relative really.  Where there is a big pie to be divided, of course the involved parties are going to bicker over who deserves most/more of the spoils.  Did you ever suppose why it is that even just one of those other careers doesn't have a fan base, ticket sales, and merchandising to the extent that the NFL does?  Maybe if they did, they'd be unionizing and demanding more as well.  Go figure.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Draft boycott

That's 0 financial risk, moron.  I guess you aren't bright enough to read the context of my argument.


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