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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: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Draft boycott

The jerssey they get might sell for a few thousand dollars.  Thier checks will be way more once the fight is over.  I am not saying they should or shouldnt go on draft day.  Each one should make their own decision.  By the way, if draft day is more important than their career safety and money future, where are thier heads at presently.  I think that both the former (LOL) union and owners are both to blame for this mess.  The draftees get stuck in the middle with the fans.  I wish both sides could lose and the fans win, but that aint gonna happen



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Draft boycott

A RAW DEAL FOR COLLEGE DRAFTEES.  How selfish can the players be?!  It's another example of a strategy gone bad.  It is a plan that hurts the game, those young guys and their families, and last but not least the fans.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Draft boycott

Shame on you, NFLPA . . . or, since decertification, whatever you're calling yourself!

Every one of your present (er, past) members who were anticipated first-round drafting had at least the possibility of walking across the stage, receive their #1 jerseys, don their ill-fitting baseball caps, and getting their pics with the commish.  To exploit these boys who are not even members of your now defunct organization for your own means is absolutely reprehensible. And don't think that there is nothing implicit about reprisals for failing to comply.  We all know you can make these guys' lives miserable, both on and off the field.  Just a suggestion, eh? 

About the time I think that the owners might have sunk lower than whale sh*t, you all run out and do this.  What's next?  Telling Cam that there is no Santa Claus?  Telling Ingram that the Easter bunny doesn't like scabs?

I hope you get your way on the 18-game schedule, and on benefits for retirees, but other than that, Ihope you choke!

 



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Draft boycott

Nawt, your response to is actually a scary one, full of hatered.  The American package is one which still gives you hope, and a chance to live a better life.  Even the measly scraps here are better then anywhere else in the world.  We are becoming a country that punishes the wealthy for that same exact reason, for being wealthy.  If you work hard and find a way to become wealthy, then more power to you. 
I think your the one who has a "puppy dog" mentality because it sound like whoever put those extremist thoughts in your head did a pretty good job of making you belive that it's a bad thing to support the people who actually create jobs.  I will always cheer for my team and the sport of football, but I also have my own opinions as well, and not scared of stating it.  You sound more of a racsits and more of a hypocrite, just by your own word.  I may have to actually join the tea party now, just to piss you off!!



Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Draft boycott

Advising, counseling, or mentoring.  You dont need to be a "official union" to legally do those things.  Also play this scenerio in your mind.  You show up draft day, go as a top 10 or 20 pick, and when the labor fight is over your new team mates have no respect for your decision or you.




Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:44 pm
 

To HELL with the Unions!

UNION is a dirty word for most Americans right now! Agents are in bed with the 'UNION' and recommending that draftees boycott their day in the limelight is acting like a UNION! If it walks like a UNION,talks like a UNION and act like a UNION,it IS a UNION. Fans,you can blame the high ticket and concession prices on UNIONS. Unions add NO added benefits but increase COSTS to you. GREED is the reason and both owners and unions are to blame. I gave up season tickets last year due to the GREED. How idiots-UNION and OWNERS-how about reducing ticket prices and concessions if you want to reward the fan? TAKE LESS!



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Draft boycott

Interesting direction.In a fight about revenue and how to divide revenue one partner is directly attempting to impact the ability of their partner to generate revenue.
So riddle me this:  How the *** does that make you more $$$?
Dumb de dumb dumb.  Even dumber for the college kids (broke and the only job they want is here) to not show up.  Let's see.  We have no union to join once we are drafted/signed but a collective of (contracted well-paid) players is asking us to drop our dream day.  A day we have been working our tails off for the past 5-10 years to arrive at. No thanks guys, you all had your day on stage let me have mine.
For the second time I find myself agreeing with Prisco.  Fire any agent who suggests it...or better yet NFL teams individually could boycott those particular agents.  Some adage about biting the hand that feeds.
Agents have alot of power, too much power in the game today and it is ruining it.  No deals to be worked out mean no agents required.  When there are actual contracts to be negotiated the agents can have voices back but until then they are completely obselete.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Draft boycott

Nawts and the rest who are putting us down for supporting the owners, the players are the richest people I ever have met.  The players are not getting the "scraps of the wealthy" unless you believe millions of dollars are chump change.  Neither the players nor the owners are thinking of the fans.  We will be paying for the contract no matter how much it is worth.  Many of us don't care a flip about the owners.  But it is because we identify with the players that we ardently oppose their stance.  The are paid well and every player has the right to try some other profession.  And every player has an obligation to support himself after football.  Every player would be better off working after football making a contribution to society rather than living off the money they made during their sometimes brief football career.  It is great that the players today and the owners today are willing to put some money aside for the old players.  But that is just welfare, nothing more.  The older players played in their era and so what.  Should an autoworker from the 1960's be compensated because they only made $8 and hour rather than $30 an hour?  No, everyone has to save a portion of what you make so you can retire without being a burden on society or your family.  And if you don't do that--see Mike Tyson and countless people inside and outside of sports--then that is your problem.  I for one do not fit Nawts' profile, but that might help you reduce me to a manageable stereotype in order to "prove" your case.




Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Draft boycott

If the NFLPA is advising new players to boycott the draft, isn't that continuing to act as a union and thereby negate their decertification attempt ?



Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Draft boycott

It's comical and hypocritical that many here show an almost blind allegiance to owners in this labor dispute when the reality is that most fall weekends they're watching and rooting for the players.  Instead of pro football games, let's put on a reality show of the 32 NFL owners sitting around spewing their brilliant business knowledge for two hours every Sunday and see how well that does in the ratings, with jersey sales or similar, etc.  I'd give it half a season at most before it got canceled.


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