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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: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Draft boycott

Maybe the union should just stand outside Radio City Music Hall with a Giant Blow Up Rat.



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Draft boycott

The numbers that the decides the amount that the players get in the CBA are audited by an outside firm that's why the salary cap is not finalized until later after the league year ends.  The players have no right to see what salary the owner makes or management makes and also where the team's money goes.  If they want to see how the NFL spends the $1 billion off the top, I can see the players getting a view of how that money used for stadium and upkeep.  However, it only makes sense that number will go up with the new stadiums being built and rising cost of everything.



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Draft boycott

Who cares about the players getting on stage?  You can still get interviews from them and if not, you still have so many talking heads on ESPN and NFL Network that it's not going to make a difference.  Just show more game highlights and more analysis.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Draft boycott

Tough call, I go back and forth on this. I am a business owner, and of course your finacials are private. Except, If my sales people are paid on commission should they not see those numbers, if i am paying other employees on profit sharing ( CBA) of each quarter , would you want to know what the numbers are each quarter? The one thing everyone is forgetting , reason why the boycott is a bad idea. This is not the players going on strike, it is the owners locking them out.  I am suprised that there still is a draft, because i was under the assumption that all football operations with players must come to a stop. I could be wrong in that



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:35 pm
 

F the Union that isn't really a union.

I agree with the suggestion the Owners ought to delay the draft if the college players are going to boycott it. That these people are asking those young ment to skip their big day for meaningless symbolism really turns me off to the whole NFL. Players come and go, but the NFL lives on. I am a fan of the San Diego Chargers and the boys who play for them. This game is about my team, not a few individuals who are on it for five to ten years.

The players forget they are EMPLOYEES.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Draft boycott

we cannot compare this to regular jobs. these aren't regular employees in a regular job. still, the laws are what they are. in no way shape or form is a court going to force owners of a private company to open their books to an employee. period.

where the fight happens is with monopoly law. still, both sides are losing the publicity battle with me. i can't understand why anyone would think this "boycott" is a good idea.

they all get money from the same pie. the pie we baked as fans. turning off the fans, means less pie for both sides, and therefore, there are no winners.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Draft boycott

I'd like to see that scenario.....I'm tired of these bitchy millionaires complaining.



Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Draft boycott

I couldn't care less if any college players show up to the draft, i'm still going to watch it to see who my team drafts and who others draft.  I don't need to see the kid, just as long as he's in a uniform come September!!  Have the Draft!!  The players' greed and the former union's stupidity are laughable.  Get it together, shut up, and just play ball!!!



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Draft boycott

I'm sure the players union has made it clear to any potential draft picks that if they don't comply with boycotting the draft, they will be blackballed by the union and their teammates once they enter the league. They will be treated no better than scabs or replacement players who have crossed a picket line. The potential draftees really have no choice but to comply. Or else.




Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Draft boycott

This IS about one thing, and one thing only ....GREED !! Greed on the part of the players, agents, and everyone that is Not an owner. I do not know of ANY business in the USA where an owner opens his books to his employees so the employee can decide on his wage/salary. If the NFLPA can make the owners open their books then ALL businessesshould have to do it. (Obviously, with that idiotic thinking there would be no businesses that could keep working) The owners are the ones who built the franchises, and take all the risks, spending money on players who are already overpaid. As a fan, it upsets me greatly to hear how players want more in this lousy economy, which causes ticket prices to continue to go up. I think ALL fans should boycott the NFL for a year, forcing ticket prices to go down, players salaries ot go down, etc...etc...etc....ANYONE who thinks an athlete deserves more money for playing a game, than a police officer who puts his life on the line daily, or the firemen, and how about teachers who are taking pay cuts just to keep working ?? How about our military who risk life and limb daily protecting these whiney primadonas. Rookies need to get small amounts of money like years ago, until they play and Earn the chance to get paid more. We need to stop paying for potential....the fans, the owners, the league, and veteran players ALL lose out with these ridiculous rookie contracts. If it weren't for the greed of today's players then we wouldn't even be having this discussion. Ticket prices would still be lower because owners wouldn't have to raise the prices as drastically to cover all costs that go into running a HUGE operation like a professional ball club. That means affordability for all fans.


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