ESPN.com reports that the NFLPA has informed 17 top draft prospects that they should not attend next month's draft. The NFL is still planning to hold the annual draft next month, despite the ongoing lockout.
Instead of arguing over the draft, the NFLPA has decided to attempt to thwart it by having the top prospects not accept invitations to the event.
The NFL draft as we know it has included the top prospects on hand to walk to the stage when drafted and be interviewed by ESPN and NFL Network afterwards.
By asking the top prospects not to attend, the NFLPA would cost the NFL valuable press coverage in promoting the incoming class of players. Additionally, ESPN.com reports that the NFLPA is searching for alternative networks for the players to appear on, once drafted. This would further stick it to the league.
Here are the reasons why this is a lose-lose situation for both sides.