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NFLPA won't interfere with NFL draft

Posted on: March 28, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 6:13 pm
 
Posted by Eye on Football Staff

CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman has confirmed the NFLPA won’t interfere with the NFL draft but that the trade association will hold an event late Saturday night for the rookies who have been selected.

Said one of Freeman’s sources: “We want players to have their moment.”

There had been talk that the NFLPA had asked – or would ask – incoming rookies not to attend the draft and shake commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand after he called their names. Another idea apparently was to have veterans from each team waiting in the wings so they could greet each new rookie as he walked on the stage.

Instead, it appears the NFLPA has backed away from those ideas and, instead, opted for activities for the new NFLers that won’t interfere with the actual draft. It’s probably a good idea – at least for the draftees’ sake.

Indeed, NFLLockout.com has posted the full schedule of rookie activities for draft weekend:
Thursday, April 28, 2011
4:00 PM Private Reception

Friday, April 29, 2011
9:30 AM Public Appearances (Media, etc.)
11:00 AM Lunch with Corporate Sponsors
Afternoon Public Appearances (Media, etc)
Late Afternoon Afternoon Social Engagement

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Morning “Let Us Play” Fitness & Skills Clinic (Harlem, N.Y.)
Afternoon Player-Fan Connection/Engagement Activity – TBD
7:00 PM + 2011 NFLPA Rookie Debut & “One Team” Celebration
Players, draftees, sponsors, VIPs and family members invited
As an example, here’s what Alabama’s Julio Jones told WQXI in Atlanta today (via sportsradiointerviews.com) .

"Hopefully I will be there to shake the commissioner’s hand ... Yes, sir, I want an opportunity to go to New York and be able to experience that."

And it looks like Jones will -- it's entirely likely that he'll be one of the first folks selected in the NFL Draft, and thanks to the scheduling of the NFLPA's various events in the Big Apple, there shouldn't be any interference.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:24 am
 

NFLPA won't interfere with NFL draft

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:22 pm
 

NFLPA won't interfere with NFL draft

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Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:49 pm
 

NFLPA won't interfere with NFL draft

Nevada the players hate the old CBA rules, the owners love it. Players are doing all this to change the old contract..


All about the $$$$$



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:11 pm
 

NFLPA won't interfere with NFL draft

What about the players going to the teams offices the next day for media day for the local teams draft picks? Do they do the draft then go back home? I have heard nothing on that subject, Anyone hear anything? NFLPA is gone. But when there is a new CBA they have a Union again? Look, The stories I hear make me sick. Players going on Cobra Ins. And need to pay $1500 a month for their familys. Yea, guess what. I pay $ 1600 for my family and I make a lot less than they do. I hear that it's a contact sport and they get bad injuries. That's true. But they get paid big bucks to do it. If you don't like it then get a regular paying job like the other 90% of people. Players have a choice. Owners charge us full price for preseason game. Why? it's does not count and we see 3rd and 4th string players. I know they need to see the talent. But pay full price. They also charge crazy prices for tickets, food, drink, fan gear, etc. They can do it because we the fan fork over the money! I do it, But when is it enough. Both sides are rich and getting richer. The fans are sitting and watching them fight over billions of dollars when the average fan is trying to save money for the next season. What's wrong with this picture?
Take care and God bless football fans.......



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 1:39 pm
 

NFLPA won't interfere with NFL draft

Redwings,

That is exactly what I was thinking.  The players decertified which from my understanding means there is no NFLPA.  So how can they interfere they have no say in the matter.  I also don't understand how the players union works. All players aren't paid at the same rate of pay for their position.  Each player has a Agent who negoiates a contract for him based on performance not based on years of service which is typically how Unions work.  The NFLPA is a money grabbing organization that doesn't really care what happens to the players if they can make their pockets bigger.    



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:31 am
 

NFLPA won't interfere with NFL draft

Personally, I love the draft. It is my mini-football fix that allows me to hold out until training camp. I run my mock drafts and try to figure out who will be available. I am realistic. There is a good chance that whomever is drafted in just 4 short weeks might not be attending any mini-camps, might not be getting signed, or attending training camp at all. If there is football later this year, most of these players who get drafted might have no impact at all this year.



Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 10:31 am
 

NFLPA won't interfere with NFL draft

I can't help it, I'm siding with the owners!



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 10:27 am
 

NFLPA won't interfere with NFL draft

Mike Freeman has a source...yeah, it's called ESPN! 


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