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Draft boycott? There must be a better idea

Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 7:10 pm

So now there's the possibility that draft-eligible players won't attend the April 28 draft, is that right? I think I speak for most of us when I say, "Big deal."

The NFL players' union -- or what was once the players' union -- had a better plan when it considered having players boycott the scouting combine in late February. Now that would've created some problems, with teams forced to send coaches, scouts, GMs, you name it across the country to test these guys. But it backed off and instead has people talking about a draft boycott.

What? So you can't see Cam Newton on TV when he's chosen? I don't know about you, but this doesn't exactly strike me as leverage. It strikes me as a meaningless gesture, and if it's intended to frazzle or frustrate owners it won't. Because whether Cam Newton shows up or not doesn't have a bearing on who drafts him, how much it offers hiim and what it thinks of him.

All it means is that, for the moment, Cam Newton's 15 minutes of fame don't start. Nothing more. Nobody is hurt by a boycott except the players themselves, who instead of being in New York are robbed of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

They can run a draft without the players. They cannot run a combine without them. So what does this mean? This is what: Roger Goodell doesn't shake hands with the first pick of the draft, and, sorry, I don't perceive that as a threat. Not holding the draft is a threat, and last time I checked that's not happening. Not having players show up? That's a missed photo op.

Category: NFL

Since: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 5:17 pm

Draft boycott? There must be a better idea

Players taking more shots at fans. I hope there isn't any football this year. Let those overpaid chumps do without their million dollar contracts. where else would Brees, Manning, or Brady make what their making now? Hell, where would they make 1/20th of their annual salaries? The good part of the NFL collapsing is you'd see college players play for the love of the game. Maybe colleges would even require them to go to class and learn something. just a dream I have,but with all the money involved, it'll never happen. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:39 pm

Draft boycott? There must be a better idea

If I am not mistaken did not the players and the owners agree to a rookie salary cap so that the veterans get more money??? Why in the world would the rookies boycott the draft to make the fat cat players happy?? Scew you players!! !Rookies go enjoy your day

Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:48 pm

Draft boycott? There must be a better idea

Let's be real.  The Boycott "hurts" only two groups-the players being drafted and the fans that enjoy seeing them there.  For the players, draft day is a special day that most remember.  But let's be honest it is only something really meaningful for first round draft picks.  Most everyone else isn't there and if there are it is because they slipped in the draft and that isn't something they really enjoy.  Most players are at home anyway.  Not much of gesture or position of power there to boycott.  The other group it hurts is the fans.  Mostly, it hurts the fans that enjoy going to the draft and getting a chance to meet a few of the players. I'll still follow the draft online because I want to know who my team drafts, but I don't really care about seeing them in person.  Honestly, the real gesture that is occurring by not attending the draft is a slap in the face of the fans.  This just shows how out of touch the players really are with reality.  The fact of the matter is most fans are not on the players side or the owners side or the NFLs side whatever that is.  Most fans don't care about that, we care about watching football and seeing the game we love!  That's it.  Argue all you want about how to split up the 9 billion dollars, but get it figured out already.  Too bad nobody ever talks about the fans when it comes to the 9 billion dollars.  I guess it would be too much to ask all these millionaires and billionaires to give up some money to lessen the costs for the fans especially now in rough economic times.  We all know that will never happen.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 8:35 am

Draft boycott? There must be a better idea

Thank you, Mr. Judge.

This is basically what I said yesterday in response to Mr. Freeman's article.  Glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks this is a pretty pointless gesture by the non-union.  As someone who regularly watches the draft while doing my spring cleaning, I couldn't care less about whether the players are physically in attendance... I can't imagine that the owners care either.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 9:56 pm

Draft boycott? There must be a better idea

What a crock. The NFLPA is a frigging joke. You're going to put college players, who have dreamed of this moment their entire lives, behind the eight ball for your gain? Somebody should smack these brain-dead losers in the head. If a college player says no he's going to be blackballed when he gets to the bigs. Of course none of the college players would turn down the chance to be at Radio City Music Hall if they get the chance. But, the NFLPA thinks that players, who aren't even in the union, should sacrifice one of the greatest moments in their,and their families, lives so that a union they're not part of can hold the NFL hostage. I hate to say it but I hope the NFL owners stomp these self-absorbed cockroaches into the ground.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 8:47 pm

Draft boycott? There must be a better idea

But what will all EPSN's little reporterettes do if they can't folllow the players and executives around asking dumb questions? 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 7:54 pm

Draft boycott? There must be a better idea

The fans should boycott the draft. Don't watch it on TV....don't show up at the arena. I'm especially looking at you Jets fans. The quickest way to a resolution in this sordid lock-out - strike situation is for the fans to turn their backs. All of their "bargaining" was clearly a sham...both sides slapped their Johnsons on the bar to see who is the man. Billionaires fighting millionaires over 9 billion of OUR dollars. We are the ones who fill the seats, buy the merchandise, pay for the cable and hunger year round for more NFL. If you want a 2011 regular season...send a message...boycott the draft. Stop the madness....

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