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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 21, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:16 pm

Draft boycott

Who cares you want to make impact have the fans boycott the draft. that would make an impact, all they do is walk across a stage take a picture with goodell. It is thier mommnet they are missing. Just another example of the selfisheness of the NFLPA

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:15 pm

Draft boycott

How sad is that the kid's comming in can't get a shot in the spot light because of the union. I allways thought that union's were there to help you.This goes to show you it's about money... player rich owners does anybody play for the love of the game.Sorry to think that im just old school. but the game was better back then when you could hit the QB.there not going to get my money any more let's go arean football hell yea,,,,,

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:12 pm

Draft boycott

These college players only get to walk up on that stage as a first round pick once in their life. Imagine, family and friends excited and teary eyed as all the work up to that point has finally paid off. It's a sort of matriculation for the top prospects, from one level to the next. Holding that jersey on stage during the first round of the draft. Now the NFLPA wants to rob these players of that once in a lifetime experience. Players that are not even technically a part of the collective bargining unit yet. It's once thing to battle it out in the courts with the owners, it's another to screw these kids out of that experience.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:56 pm

Draft boycott

We fully expect Mr. Jerry Jones, the leader and wealthiest of NFL owners, to get the two sides together in the labor dispute.  If the deal isn't done before the NFL draft in April, I will boycott this and future seasons - I won't buy NFL licensed gear, purchase game tickets or deliberately spend any money I know will go into owners'/players' pockets. 

I'll find something else to do with my time and encourage others to do the same.  Frankly, I am sick and tired of watching more commercials than NFL game play during TV telecasts anyway.  Call me 'burned out and fed up NFL fan'!

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:50 pm

Draft boycott

Chiefs Tim... You might want to get your facts straight... The Players haven't asked for anything more than the existing CBA... The Owners have cried poverty and asked for more off the top.. Its hard for the Owners to cry poverty if EVERY franchise was profitable...  Your comparison is ignorant because if you had an agreed deal with your boss and he wanted you make less, you would want an explanation as well..  If profits were down, then the salary cap would shrink.. They made $9 billion last year so that's not the issue.. Its all about the OWners wanting more.. Not the players

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:49 pm

Draft boycott

I will just look at the draft picks the day after in the morning paper.

As far as I'm concered they can do away with the draft completely. Then owners can compete against each other by having to actually bid against each other for the best employees.  That is how actual private companies have to do it.  If you are the best lawyer in your feild your firm better get ready to pay you, or a rival firm will hire you away.  One more example of how the NFL is not a "regular" private business, it has special rules built in to make it easier for owners to run the business.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:42 pm

Draft boycott

Screw the players, open the draft up to 54 rounds and draft all new teams.  Boycott the players from making any money ever again.  The owners own a business to make money, I can't walk into my boss's office and tell him I need to make half of his profits, they should not be any better.  These young kids will sign because they need the money.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:26 pm

Draft boycott

I follow the draft to see which players the Jets pick. I don't care if the players are there. Quite frankly if the players are not there, then that will speed up the draft. They won't have to wait to take pictures. Who cares if they are there. I doesn't hurt the league in my opinion. The player won't have the memory or the picture of his big day.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:09 pm

Draft boycott

@bereal--First off, showing someone what they made as a commission is not even close to showing someone your financials.  I can show you what that deal paid without showing you all of my P/L info.  As far as the draft goes, the draftees are not a part of the "union" as of yet, so the draft can go on, with or without the players. 

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:07 pm

Draft boycott

The article talks about hurting the NFL by screwing up a money making event.  Given that the players get paid a slice of the profit, and if they hurt the NFL financially in any way they hurt lose a equal amount of money, you have to wonder at this move.

From some reason the Lawyers formerly know as the NFLPA seem to keep forgetting that any damage they do the NFL they do to the players. 

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