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Rookie symposium in danger

Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2011 4:31 pm
While not as sexy a target as the NFL Draft the incoming rookies might also stay away from a recent NFL staple: the rookie symposium.

Several agents tell they expect officials from the former union to ask them not to send players to the symposium. Indeed, these sources explained, agents expect the NFLPA to have its own type of rookie symposium should no settlement be reached or court action taken that would institute a season.

The symposium, normally held in June, is viewed by the league as a major instructional tool for incoming players on how to deal with the financial and relationship pressures they'll face as players. In 2009, for example, then incoming union head DeMaurice Smith spoke to the rookies. Normally current and former veteran players talk to the rookies; head coaches, too.

Agents say the symposium, in its current form, is likely all but dead unless some sort of agreement is reached. I know this has been discussed before by the media but it's being talked about again now.

Also, regarding the possible boycott of the upcoming draft, spokesman George Atalah tweeted there would be no "boycott" but agents said that, effectively, there will indeed be a boycott. While players and families will be in New York for the draft it's likely they won't be on stage with Commissioner Roger Goodell. The draft will look extremely different. 

Category: NFL
Tags: Labor

Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Rookie symposium in danger

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:00 am
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Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:33 pm

Rookie symposium in danger

So if your employer treats you badly are you just supposed to just take it.  I dont think so Freddie P.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:05 pm

Rookie symposium in danger

Hey if they want to be that stupid postpone the draft for this year.  Sounds more like the players union want to play childish games.  What a joke this is turning out to be.  Grow up. Your players not owners. 

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