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Boycott draft: Please

Posted on: March 14, 2011 5:38 pm
 

The NFLPA -- oops, trade association -- is way off base trying to keep draft-eligible players from attending the NFL Draft in New York.

If I were a player, I'd tell DeMaurice Smith and the gang to stick it. The union reportedly wants the top prospects to pass on being part of the draft in New York, which is usually a special event.

My thinking would that this is my moment. This is the moment I've waited for my entire life -- and I'm not letting some bickering by a trade association impact my day.

I'd be there front and center when my name was announced.

The trade association is being irrational here.

And any agent who does that to a client should be fired on the spot.

Draft day should be special.

Let's keep it that way.


Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Labor
 
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:12 pm
 

Boycott draft: Please

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Boycott draft: Please

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Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Boycott draft: Please

No, VMI, I'm afraid you don't have it straight. Regarding merchandising, take a peek at the recently retired 301-page CBA. The players sign group licensing agreements with the NFLPA ... "Under the terms of the standard, collectively-bargained NFL Player Contract, players expressly assign to NFLPA all of their 'group licensing rights.' In addition to the NFL player contract, players execute separate group licensing assignments, which are agreements between each player and the NFLPA, under which the players’ group-licensing rights are assigned to the NFLPA. The NFLPA holds such rights in connection with almost every NFL player."

What's really sad is that the retired players signed the same deal ... but don't get a dime ... because the NFLPA doesn't market them. As a matter of fact, regarding EA sports games, the NFLPA refuses to! Go figure.




Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Boycott draft: Please

No, VMI, I'm afraid you don't have it straight. Regarding merchandising, take a peek at the recently retired 301-page CBA. The players sign group licensing agreements with the NFLPA ... "Under the terms of the standard, collectively-bargained NFL Player Contract, players expressly assign to NFLPA all of their 'group licensing rights.' In addition to the NFL player contract, players execute separate group licensing assignments, which are agreements between each player and the NFLPA, under which the players’ group-licensing rights are assigned to the NFLPA. The NFLPA holds such rights in connection with almost every NFL player."

What's really sad is that the retired players signed the same deal ... but don't get a dime ... because the NFLPA doesn't market them. As a matter of fact, regarding EA sports games, the NFLPA refuses to! Go figure.




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Boycott draft: Please




Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Boycott draft: Please

And where exactly are the players going to play? Canada? Last time I checked they weren't laying gridirons in any Arab sands ... and outside of Uncle Sam's land ... that's where the money is. The owners knocked $200 million off their "building fee" of $1 billion. How much is $200 million? That would be 2 Albert Haynesworth's ($100 million bust) ... or about 4 Russell Okung's (Biggest $58 million bust in Seahawks history). The owner's greed is fed by the player's agents. And guess what? It is all a gamble. Players need to eat and it's the owner's restaurant. The players aren't bussing tables ... and they can't build their own restaurant -- so the owners call the shots. Get used to it. BTW, the average career lasts 3-4 years, not 18.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Boycott draft: Please

So let's get this straight:
Part of the new agreement that is being negotiated will ensure that the new rookie class gets less money than the last because of a rookie wage scale that has been reported to be a done aspect of the deal and would be implemented if a deal were reached.
At the same time, the NFLPA wants these rookies to return "the favor" by skipping a big day in their own lives.
They're not part of the organization that is the NFLPA union yet, but that's not supposed to matter. Just do what we say. It's like telling a guy to accept an award.

And let the players start their own league. LOL.
You don't have it straight...They have signed away their rights to their merchandising already which means the NFL can make money off of the rookies on draft day.  They can hype it and get money from them, but they NFL wants them to have less money...but its ok for the NFL to make money off their backs before they ever play a down...The union is telling the players to stay away to avoid this hypocrisy and I support them in doing so.  You can't have it both ways...this isn't the NCAA.  You can't not pay people, lock them out and have the nerve to expect them to parade themselves for your financial benefit on draft day.  If I were a top prospect, I would tell the NFL to shove it.  I will show up when there is a new CBA.  I woudn't want to be a draft day player that shows up like a scab and have to face my team later on.  I wouldn't be anywhere near that draft if I was a top prospect coming out of college.  My teammates later on would respect me much more for that showing of integrity!



Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Boycott draft: Please

So let's get this straight:
Part of the new agreement that is being negotiated will ensure that the new rookie class gets less money than the last because of a rookie wage scale that has been reported to be a done aspect of the deal and would be implemented if a deal were reached.
At the same time, the NFLPA wants these rookies to return "the favor" by skipping a big day in their own lives.
They're not part of the organization that is the NFLPA union yet, but that's not supposed to matter. Just do what we say. It's like telling a guy to accept an award.

And let the players start their own league. LOL.




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:41 am
 

Boycott draft: Please

NO, PETE'S 100% RIGHT....  THE PLAYERS BOYCOTTING THE DRAFT WILL EFFECT THE NEXT 18 YEARS OF FOOTBALL?  WHO EVER SAID THIS IS STUPID...THIS DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BUT HURT THE FANS WHO WANT TO WATCH THE DRAFT, AND IT DESTROYS A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE FOR THE COLLEGE PLAYER. IT DOES ZERO FOR THE NFL PLAYERS.  SO IF THEY BOYCOTT THE DRAFT THE OWNERS WILL SAY,"OK, LET'S KEEP GIVING ROOKIE $50 MILLION AND NOW ALL QBS WILL MAKE $20 MILLION A YEAR, THEN THE RUNNING BACKS $15 MILLION. " THE NFL WILL CAP THIS REGARDLESS IF THE PLAYERS BOYCOTT THE DRAFT.  IT ONLY HURTS THEM AND THE FANS.


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