NFL Lockout: Will NFLPA Draft Boycott Threat Lead to More Chaos Among Players?
NFL Players Aiming To Convince College Stars to Boycott Draft
ESPN's Adam Schefter just posted an interesting article relating to the NFL labor issue.
According to Schefter, the players are trying to convince potential top draft picks not to attend the draft next month in New York City.
"Thus, when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the name of the first player selected, the player will not walk on to the stage at Radio City Music Hall as has been the custom. And the player will not be there to do interviews with ESPN or NFL Network," Schefter wrote. "The Players Association even has gone so far as to consider placing the players on another competing network to do post-pick interviews, though no final decisions have been made."
Forget for a moment that the NFLPA--didn't that just certify and essentially dissolve?--has no authority over these soon-to-be professionals.
If this story is true and this is something the players will be trying to achieve, it will only lead to more division and acrimony between the players....not the players and the owners-just the players.
Keeping all 1,800+ players on one page and unified is going to be difficult enough while this lockout is in effect. But if this draft boycott happens, there will be a whole new batch of rookies who start their NFL careers by being disjointed.
Sure, the players can keep some of those collegians--maybe Cam Newton, Gabe Carimi, Julio Jones, and the other stars--from attending Radio City on April 28. But they can't stop players who aren't the "cream of the crop" and would be later picks from attending.
Some of those collegians will want to take the spotlight left by the absence of Newton or Mark Ingram Jr.
If that's the case, there's already a whole new divide between the players. In short, this boycott could infect the Class of 2011 with a whole new host of problems.
The NFLPA is having enough trouble mitigating their current labor woes.
They don't need to add more baggage.
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