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    Bernie Bytes: NFLPA Is Losing...It's Mind

    Bernie Bytes: NFLPA is losing ... its mind

    BY BERNIE MIKLASZ
    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    If the NFL Players Association is serious about asking potential first-round picks to boycott the NFL Draft, it will go down as a ridiculous and cold-hearted demand. Reprehensible, really.

    The NFLPA is already showing signs of backing away from this, so we'll wait and see what they come up with. But it doesn't matter. Too late. This attempt to bully draft picks is pathetic on many levels.

    Here's why:

    1. Didn't the NFLPA just decertify in preparation for the legal battle against the owners? The NFLPA says its not a union. But it wants to give orders to rookie players? Either it's a union or not a union -- can't have it both ways. Actually this arrogance would strengthen the owners' claim that this is a "sham" decertification.

    2. The players who are drafted won't become union members until (A) they sign contracts; (B) there is a union. And these kids aren't union members. So where does a non-existent union get off in telling non-union college draftees what to do? This is Alice in Wonderland insanity.

    3. This is a cruel thing to do to these young players. This is supposed to be one of the biggest nights in their lives. After all of the practices, training, ups and downs, injuries, studying and preparing, they deserve to have a wonderful night on that stage in New York, introduced to the football nation, with proud parents, family members and friends looking on. Why take that away from them? They have no role in this idiotic dispute between the owners and players. So why force them to make a choice? Why make them pawns? The NFLPA needs to settle its business with the owners. Placing these kids in the middle of the labor crossfire is incredibly selfish and mean spirited.

    4. This could create problems in the locker room: suppose the first-rounders show up in NY at the NFL's official draft show, get introduced and pose for the traditional photo with commissioner Rodger Goodell? This could cause resentment among veteran players when the rookies become part of their new team, and locker-room culture. Veterans may view the rookies as guys who crossed a picket line. It would be unfair and stupid to do so, but such pettiness is probably inevitable. Again: there is no union, and the rookies aren't members of the union that doesn't exist. So why would they be guilty of crossing a picket line? And if you care about these young men at all, why would you put them in such a thankless position?

    5. As part of the negotiations with the owners, the NFLPA agreed to drastically cut the amount of guaranteed money given to first-round draft picks. So here you have the NFLPA undercutting these rookie players even before they enter the league -- agreeing with the owners who want to take money away from rookies -- and yet the "union" has the gall to boss the rookies around in an attempt to cheat them out of their big night at the draft? The NFLPA doesn't want the rooks to walk across the stage and shake Goodell's hand? Well, when the NFLPA makes the deal with the owners to cut the rookies' money, they'll be shaking hands with Goodell on it. The hypocrisy is hilarious.

    Finally: this is a dumb move from a public-relations standpoint. The NFLPA should be doing everything it can to curry favor with the fans, embrace the fans, show kindness to the fans at this volatile time. Fans love the draft. And if you take it away from them in its traditional form, this will create a tremendous backlash against the NFLPA.

    Besides, nothing will gained by damaging the draft ceremony. It's not as if the rookies' presence at the draft is going to undermine the NFLPA in its negotiations. It won't matter at all. So there's no benefit to the NFLPA to keep the top draft picks away from the draft. There will be a deal eventually, one way or another. So it's important for the players and the owners to do all that they can to maintain the league's popularity. Both sides want a healthy game to come back to. So its in both sides' interest to keep the fans fired up about the draft. The same fans that made the draft's popularity what it is today.

    Don't mess with that.


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    Re: Bernie Bytes: NFLPA Is Losing...It's Mind

    You know something is terribly wrong when I start agreeing with Bernie.

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: NFLPA Is Losing...It's Mind

    I think it's stupid because people will watch the draft anyway.. the players being present doesn't actually attract viewers.. its who your team is picking. So by boycotting the draft its more of a gesture than anything that gains the NFLPA leverage.
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    Re: Bernie Bytes: NFLPA Is Losing...It's Mind

    Yeah I really didn't see the benefit of boycotting the draft. If they're shooting for the notion that incoming rookies are going to stand with the other players, boycotting the draft is over the top..Bernie really summed it up pretty well. I think public opinion right now is/was on the side of the players association and they just shot themselves in the foot with this one.

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: NFLPA Is Losing...It's Mind

    Agh! This business about pro football / The NFL being a business!

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: NFLPA Is Losing...It's Mind

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    Again: there is no union, and the rookies aren't members of the union that doesn't exist.
    Pretty absurd. So just to recap: The rookies are being advised to boycott in protest of being required to prove themselves to their employers before being rewarded with millions of dollars for playing sports, and this advice is coming from a union that claims it doesn't exist while it continues to negotiate to sell the rook salary system downriver anyway.

    It's kind of hard to see how this could possibly ever benefit any player who decided to do so.

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    Re: Bernie Bytes: NFLPA Is Losing...It's Mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenfleece View Post
    Pretty absurd. So just to recap: The rookies are being advised to boycott in protest of being required to prove themselves to their employers before being rewarded with millions of dollars for playing sports, and this advice is coming from a union that claims it doesn't exist while it continues to negotiate to sell the rook salary system downriver anyway.

    It's kind of hard to see how this could possibly ever benefit any player who decided to do so.
    Good points. The players decertified their union and at this point, no longer have a unified voice to speak for, or to anyone. If they want to reach a comprimise with the owners and once again become a union, fine, but until then, they just need to butt out. No wonder this has become the fiasco it is.

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