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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: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:33 pm

Draft boycott

I never said "life-threatening". I said life-altering. Big difference. Secondly, you reference players making $20 million per year, as if they are the norm. You do realize that such wealthy players make up a tiny fraction of the 2000+ players on NFL rosters and practice squads, right? Yeah, granted there are 10% or so of the players who make out like bandits, with big contracts/bonuses and long careers. They are the exception, though, not the rule. 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.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:27 pm

Draft boycott

I can think of a million careers with more significant "life-threatening" risks WITHOUT the health care these players get and make a fraction of what these players make.  I don't know of any player that was FORCED to play in the NFL.  The players complaining are the same ones who CHOSE to leave college early and play for these owners.  I think it's safe to say those poor "exploited" African-Americans need the owners and the NFL a lot more than the owners.  I still can't fathom a player making $20 million+/year being labeled as one who is being exploited.  Ha 

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:24 pm

Draft boycott

This has to be one of the more moronic posts.  Players take no risks?  And yet average player longevity is 3.3 years total, usually with the end coming from injury to an extent that it significantly reduces athleticism to a non-competitive level.  If you think in business terms, the player is a one-person business that has to watch out for himself.  God forbid if a bunch of similarly at risk players get together and want to pool their power through a union or similar.  Meanwhile, the owners frequently own their teams for a decade if not decades on end.  When is the last time you heard of an owner having to give up his team due to injury or even for an actual business reason?  It comes up once in a while like with the Dodgers where personal business (divorce) is playing into baseball business, but it doesn't happen with the regularity that players have to walk away or rather hobble away from their playing careers.  Seems like you don't quite understand the meaning of risk where you're figuring things the opposite of how they are really.  Or maybe you're letting your teabag sit too long.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:22 pm

Draft boycott

Bullcrap. Owners bear ZERO risk. The NFL has been booming for decades. Name a single owner who has ever sold a franchise for less than what he bought it for. And that's not even counting ancillary revenue. Players on the other hand are suffering life-altering injuries for a career that lasts, on average, only 3 years. This is abuse for profit, plain and simple. But I would expect nothing less from Republicans, who make a career out of turning a blind eye to the environment and people's health and well-being, just to make a few dollars. The owners need to be reigned in by the courts in a substantial way.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:18 pm

Draft boycott

When the governmet free the players from this tyranny.  My heart breaks thinking about that beach mansion upgrade having to be delayed for a few months.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:13 pm

Draft boycott

Exploiting African American athletes?  Have you been living under a rock?  The owners put together a product - the product here being a team.  To say that owners should only make 5-10% of the revenue is ludicrous.  They bear 100% of the risk.  Athletes bear 0 risk.  Athletes wouldn't have the status they do today without those "Republican billionaires."

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:09 pm

Boycott the Slavery!

Like Adrian said, the old billionaire owners be keeping down the players on the plantation.  The slaves need to revolt in protest by not turning on their bentleys on draft day!

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:08 pm

Draft boycott

It's obscene that owners are making 50+% of the NFL revenue. No one pays to watch owners. Owners aren't aren't risking their health and damaging their bodies on the field. Owners are getting a free ride with massive financial returns with very little financial risk or effort.

If you want to talk fair, the courts should slap down the owners big time, limiting them to 5 to 10% of total NFL revenue. The players should get the other 90-95%. They are the league. Not those Republican billionaires who are exploiting mostly African American athletes.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 6:53 pm

Draft boycott

You obviously didn't read his post and comprehend what he meant. He wrote 'NFL pennies', meaning they get nothing compared to all the other guys and do the dirty work. Before you rip someone a new one, please make sure to read thoroughly. I find that more annoying then everything you said.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 6:45 pm

Draft boycott

Robathegrove...let's clarify your say the NFL linemen who play for "pennies." By pennies do you mean the linemen who get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year- a number that ranks in the top 1% of this country- the upper echelon of all of the people in the entire country? Even the poorest and the worst NFL players make hundreds of grand a year for playing a sport! I really find arguments from people like you to be so annoying because these guys are CHOOSING to play for HUGE MONEY. Why should people who choose to participate in brutality for a huge pay day get to argue for more rights? It simply is an illogical and ridiculously foolish argument. How about this: if they are worried about getting hurt they can go get a decent education and work long days to make 1/10th the salary? How about that? This "poor lineman" you are referring to can make a choice--> go work for the state: good healthcare and no risk....alot less money but no concussions. This argument is nothing but pathetic. it's like arguing that people don't have to do something, but they do it anyway for the bennies they get with doing it, and then they complain when they get messed up. How about we start a gamblers insurance program....start paying for gamblers' losses? I mean it's only fair right....the best gamblers make millions....the worst lose everything. Let's start the Gambler's Alliance to cover the losers. I mean these "poor gamblers."

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