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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: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Draft boycott

The whole premise of the lockout is ridiculous.  Does anyone think that if the players get there way and take more money that the owners won't seek ways to raise their income levels again?  Prices will just rise to meet these demands, when does it stop?  I've had about as much as I can take.  Baseball is already there and football is fast approaching that level of owner/player selfishness?  Other than pushing back on the owners 18 game schedule, ensuring post playing benefits, I don't see a purpose.  I'm tired of hearing about how bad these players have it when they stop playing.  Financial problems, health problems blah blah.  Join the rest of society.  Don't squander your money, get health insurance, stop whining.  I'm sure warehouse workers moving and doing heavy lifting suffer many adverse health problems when they can no longer work.  I'm also sure their former employers continue to supply great health benefits.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Draft boycott

Owners have leverage on paper. Players have leverage in the real world. Now, who is going to watch a draft with no players? No one. These are the steps you take when the league locks you out.

Owners have leverage everywhere, don't forget that.  13 of these NFL owners are billionaires and in Forbes top 300 earners... none of the players are anywhere on that list or anywhere near being on that list.   And NONE of those 13 are on that list because of NFL profits.... all are on because of successful businesses they run outside of the NFL.   Even at a profit of 300 million for each owner before tax every year ( which is probably very high and not accurate) after taxes and expenses maybe as little as 50 million dollars from the NFL is counted by Forbes..... these are VERY RICH people we are talking about...... 
Hopefully the owners make the next move and cancel the 2011 NFL draft.  That'll teach these agents and punk kids ..... cancel it.  The owners can do that, there is no union right now.  And if there isn't a season let those punk kids and their agents decide what their next move is.... make these punks wait a full year for the next draft and let them watch a ton of other college football players pass them on the board....



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Draft boycott

See, this is what the arrogant owners never seemed to account for. Has anyone ever shown up at a game or bought a ticket to watch an old man own a team? Does anyone own a Jerry Jones jersey or put on Fox to watch Mara sitting in a press box? Of course not. The league needs players! Owners have leverage on paper. Players have leverage in the real world. Now, who is going to watch a draft with no players? No one. These are the steps you take when the league locks you out.


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