Well, here we are in the midst of Armageddon. The collective bargaining between the NFL owners and the NFLPA have broken down and the union has decertified and now players are suing the NFL.
The NFLPA has also "suggested" that the top 17 prospects of this upcoming draft should boycott it and not accept the NFL's invitation to Radio City Music Hall.
This is the same NFLPA who have already thrown these players under the bus by originally agreeing to a rookie wage scale (and when all is said and done, the NFL will probably have one).
If the NFLPA really wanted these draft prospects to stick it to the NFL they'd suggest to them to not just skip the draft, but go to the UFL, AFL or CFL for a year.
They won't though, for two reasons.
One, if a prospect goes to another league it weakens the lawsuits that suggest the NFL draft violates U.S. antitrust laws.
And two, once games start up again, if these players are playing elsewhere, the NFLPA (because it will be a union again) won't be able to collect dues from these players.
Make no mistake, where the NFLPA might be looking out the the benefit of their currently players (and sadly a lesser extent to retired players) they're not too concerned with this draft class.
If they were, they wouldn't have agreed to a rookie wage scale (as mentioned above).
So, if I could make a suggestion to the top draft prospects, and I can because I'm the one writing this piece, they should go sign a one-year contract somewhere else.
After all, they'll actually get to play football in the other leagues and collect a paycheck instead of sitting at home with no money from the NFL.
This would be a huge statement from these players. It would be a big "F"-you to the NFL for locking them out and an "F"-you to the NFLPA for throwing them under the bus with the wage scale and then having the gull to tell them not to show up to the podium on draft day.
Don't worry, dear loyal reader, I know my suggestion will fall on deaf ears. No matter what, we'll have a season (no matter how short) in 2011 and even with fewer games these prospects will make more money in a handful of games than in a full season elsewhere.
If I've said it once, I've said it 1,000 times, there will be a new CBA eventually and I suspect very little will have changed. The millionaires will still be millionaires, ditto for the billionaires.
Maybe if both sides are smart there will be a rookie wage scale and better benefits for retired players (though sadly, I'm not holding my breath for the last part, it's the right thing to do and the right thing seldom gets done when money is involved).
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