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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: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Draft boycott

Of course college players want to boycott the draft. Under the new deal, they will get payed at lot less to become duds. I mean, how many of the top picks will even be around in a couple of years.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Draft boycott

So by "NFL pennies" you really mean 14.5 million guaranteed? It's the owner's game....they paid for it. The players can take a hike.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Draft boycott

The boycott isn't about Brees, Manning, Brady etc. It's about the linemen who get their heads bashed in for NFL pennies. It's about the security of knowing a player will get health care for life if he suffers 1,2, or 7 concussions or other debilitating injuries. It's for the guys making NFL minimum wage. Manning, Brees, etc. know this. Have you ever seen an NFL owner suffer a concussion or a broken leg while sitting in his luxury box? If they don't like owning a team then they should sell and get the hell out. Owners hope for ignorant players. They get ignorant fans instead.




Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Draft boycott

The only boycotting that should be going on is by the fans.



Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Draft boycott

How about we as fans get wise and rise up and boycott the NFL. Remember baseball was America's game until the lengthy baseball strike that took many years for MLB to come back from. So lets as fans make them all suffer. Start by not watching the NFL draft, don't renew your season tix, don't buy any memorabilia, don't watch NFL network, and then stop buying products who endorse the NFL. Its a start and we got to start somewhere cause we ultimately pay these salaries anyway. So lets make them all take pay cuts from the owners to the players to the coaches. Enough is enough.



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Draft boycott

You're crazy for even bringing up the Race card.  You should be ashamed actually.  You really think these owners are trying to sway public opinion?  Are you kidding me?  Name one owner that is paying these hundreds of thousands of dollars to sway fan.  Can you name one?
Maybe, just maybe, if public opinion favors the owners, it becuse thats how the majority of peoplereally do feel.  Do you think that if someone made an offer that an owner that made sense, they would turn it down because of race?  Give me a break.  You're an idiot.  
Maybe it's hard for me to side with Breese, and Brady, and Manning after each of them got a $90 million contract.  Maybe it's hard for me to side with a defunct union that is telling a kid to boycott a draft because we all know if they don't they will be shuned down the line.  IIs it ok to take a kids dream away from him without asking what it may mean to him and his family to finally be recognized for his achievment?  Sure it is, because they use to be the former NFLPA.  
And no, I'm not being paid by any owner to say this either. Now thats a fact.   



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Draft boycott

The players are the ones who provide us with the entertainment.  It is completely absurd that people would oppose them trying to get their fair share of the profits.  These franchises arent being valued (and sold) for $500 million-plus because they arent insanely profitable. 


On this note do you think that the people who serve you your food at Mcdonalds should get the same amount as the owner of the establishment.   I mean the owners arent the ones cooking or providing customer service.   They are employees and employees should not make nearly as much as the owners



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Draft boycott

Patrick Peterson has announced that he will not boycott the draft.  WOW what a leader.....good for him man showing some balls, its his turn in the spotlight and hes going to take it,  awesome he's not listening to a bunch of idiots.  Now I will be even more excited if he falls to 7 and the Niners get him!!!!!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Draft boycott

The players are the ones who provide us with the entertainment.  It is completely absurd that people would oppose them trying to get their fair share of the profits.  These franchises arent being valued (and sold) for $500 million-plus because they arent insanely profitable. 

How are players that grossed somewhere around 3.5 billion dollars last year being treated unfairly or not getting their fair share? What world do you live in?  And yeah, they provide us with the entertainment but half of them would still be living in poverty if not for these owners you're slamming every chance you get.  The players don't have the ability to start their own league or they would.  The owners took 100 percent of the risk when they started out.  I know naive people like you think there is no risk... naive people like you believe the NFL will be profitable forever ..... but there's no guarantee that's going to be the case..... not at all.  It's important the owners make every nickel they can today, because if they do start losing money in the future you can bet your so called white ass the players aren't taking a paycut.

This is all in an massive (and eventually unsuccessful) effort to affect public opinion in the owners favor.  Just like Walmart does before they move a store into a new neighborhood. 

What are you talking about sir? The owners have convinced me of nothing... the facts are the facts, it's all I go by.  As for Walmart, what a ridiculous comparison. Walmart pays their employees as little as minimum wage and floor managers some of the lowest retail wages in North America..... the NFL makes players wealthy that without the NFL would be flat broke and make I bring in for a living look like millions....







Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Draft boycott

These boards are obviously filled with paid commentors by the owners.  When ownership finally does open it's books and we see that they are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on "Public Relations" that is what they are buying.  There is an uptick in callers into sports radio and letters to the editor as well.  This is all in an massive (and eventually unsuccessful) effort to affect public opinion in the owners favor.  Just like Walmart does before they move a store into a new neighborhood. 

The players are the ones who provide us with the entertainment.  It is completely absurd that people would oppose them trying to get their fair share of the profits.  These franchises arent being valued (and sold) for $500 million-plus because they arent insanely profitable. 

All this vitriol against players is one of two things... 1) the owners PR machine and 2) racism against black ment trying to earn their fair share.

Oh yeah, and I am white (I figured I would point that out as many of the owner's paid commenters are claiming they are black).  They might be (i doubt it), but EVERY NFL owner is white.  That is a fact.


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