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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 12:22 pm
 

Draft boycott

The owners have an easy chess move now.  Delay the draft until the CBA is done.  They will get all the players to come to the draft at that time and won't lose any money.  In the meantime, the rookies won't have a team and they can sit with their mothers wondering what the heck to do now.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:55 am
 

Draft boycott

What does the draft broadcast really lose by the players not being there? Photo opps? The "I'm just excited to play" interviews? I guess the camera on the guy projected to go in the first round who slips to the second round after every pick is mildly amusing/entertaining, but for the most part the actual participation of the players in the draft broadcast is minimal, imo.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:53 am
 

Draft boycott

the players and future players have no choice, but to not show up.

too bad, hope football doesn't become like baseball and deny us the game.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:51 am
 

Draft boycott

Bad move on the part of those college players.  Owners decide who make teams, not players.


And they decide based on talent...not based on whether they boycotted the draft or not. You think a team with pass on a future star because he didnt show to the draft? You arent a business man, are you? These owners are in this to make money. That means they still want the best players on their teams. Nothing has changed there.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:47 am
 

Draft boycott

I am a top candidate for a job. All the other employees are disgruntled. They ask me not to show up for a final interview. Uhm, sorry, I think it would be best for me to go unless the empoloyees have a better offer.

Yes but you are worth like $12 an hour and there are 100 million people just as qualified as you to do your job. Its mind boggling to me how many posts I read where people compare their $10/hour job to that of being 1 of the best 1,000 football players in the entire world if not 1 of the best 100 or 10. IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. These guys arent as replaceable as YOU are. They generate BILLIONS of dollars a year. You dont. BIG difference.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:43 am
 

Draft boycott

"How selfish of the NFL players.  Make a kid who has worked his ass off have to miss what should be one of the greatest moments of his life.  This just goes to show that NOBODY involved in this give a dam about anyone else. 

SO you think future NFL players should side with the owners?  Yea, because the owners are making it crystal clear how much they care for their players...past FUTURE and present. Future NFL players should side with the group that they will eventually be a part of...the NFL players.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:39 am
 

Draft boycott

seriously, how can anyone say this is a great move?



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:38 am
 

Draft boycott

i want to dogpile on wiseguy's statement while i'm here.

i reiterate that they are each cutting off their nose despite their faces. when they launch an attack on the other side, they're also inflicting damage on themselves, because both of them make up the nfl. the fans don't care about owners or players coming out ahead. these two sides are unintentionally waging a war against the fans.

i want to dissect the boycott just a little. so, the players boycott. let's say it somehow hits the league's pocketbook. huh? it's the same pocketbook (overall revenue) that pays the players. how funny. way to think it through nflpa.

on a side note, can someone shut down drew brees' twitter feed?!?!?


"How selfish of the NFL players.  Make a kid who has worked his ass off have to miss what should be one of the greatest moments of his life.  This just goes to show that NOBODY involved in this give a dam about anyone else. 

The players better be careful because the fan base is slowly turning against them..and what they have to realize the player pool is basically endless.  There will be someone wilingl to play football and collect a very nice paycheck if they don`t want to
" - wiseguy



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:35 am
 

Draft boycott

But that is what this is...a fight if the owners want this to not happen...cancel the draft.  The NFLPA is doing exactly what they should do...What is a player going to do?  Not listen as a rookie to the guys that will be in you lockerroom in three months?  Stop thinking as fans.  THink of this as a fight and this is a great move.  YOu are just realizing the owners and players don't care about the fans?  Come on.  I figured that out decades ago.  If the NFL owners stopped paying players millions and gave them "reasonable" salaries to play a game but they could make more being a doctor, do you think they would play for the fans or go be a doctor?(if they were smart enough)...They play for the moneyPERIOD.  Owners own for the MONEY cause who would run a business to lose millions for the "fans"... THis is not about the fans this is about a union fighting a Monopoly and this is a great move by the NFLPA...They are giving them their moment and if the owners don't want this...cancel the draft...oh they can't...the NFL can't give up the tv money lol...GREAT GREAT MOVE



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:28 am
 

Draft boycott

I am a top candidate for a job. All the other employees are disgruntled. They ask me not to show up for a final interview. Uhm, sorry, I think it would be best for me to go unless the empoloyees have a better offer.


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