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NFLPA* decides not to hold event at same time as draft

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As Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported in Monday Morning Quarterback, the NFLPA* met Monday to decide whether to hold an event in New York at the same time the NFL conducts the draft.

Per multiple reports, the NFLPA* apparently has decided not to go head-to-head against the draft.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that it is “unlikely” that the NFLPA* will hold a competing event.  Dan Graziano of ProPlayerInsiders.com reports that the NFLPA* will not be holding an event concurrently with the draft.  Instead, a party will be held at a later date, possibly on Saturday night.

Graziano also reports that the NFLPA* plans to schedule Thursday, Friday, and Saturday events for incoming draft picks, but that none of the events would conflict with the draft.

The news suggests that the NFLPA* has decided not to discourage rookies invited to the draft from attending it.

If that’s the case, the NFLPA* needs to make that message clear to the rookies.

UPDATE:  Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that a reception and dinner will be held for incoming rookies on Thursday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. ET.   The event will end with sufficient time for the prospects to make the trek to Radio City Music Hall.  Another event will be held before the second day of the draft begins on Friday night, and the NFLPA* will host a party on Saturday night, after the draft ends.

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25 Responses to “NFLPA* decides not to hold event at same time as draft”
  1. mick730 says: Mar 28, 2011 4:16 PM

    Considering the other stories that have been poster here lately, maybe the reason the NFLPA isn’t going to try and hold a competing event is because too many of it’s members will be unable to attend; either becaue they’ll be in prison, on probation and unable to attend out-of-state events, or because their jewelers have repossessed all of their bling. And how is a NFLPA member going to be viewed on national television without his bling?

  2. lawyermalloy says: Mar 28, 2011 4:19 PM

    No one would have been there anyway!

  3. scudbot says: Mar 28, 2011 4:19 PM

    The only clear message the ex-NFLPA has sent is that they don’t want to negotiate and their former members want to get paid and receive benefits while some of them sue the league.

  4. commoncents says: Mar 28, 2011 4:20 PM

    Even the thought of that tells me that the NFLPA is a bunch of ungrateful, unorganized and unprepared jerks. Take the deal and get back to football!

  5. radrntn says: Mar 28, 2011 4:23 PM

    hmmmm, maybe a case of don’t bite the hand that feeds you

  6. allday2828 says: Mar 28, 2011 4:25 PM

    Good move on their part. It would have been a shame to put these guys in that type of position. The draft is a once in a live time opportunity.

  7. emmonsh says: Mar 28, 2011 4:25 PM

    They had no support. right now the players union is sinking fast. owners will have the players stabbing each otheroin the back. more than likely the way the police blotters are filling with players, litterly stabbing each other. smells like a union,looks like a union, still a union.

  8. sdboltaction says: Mar 28, 2011 4:26 PM

    If I were an incoming rookie I wouldn’t be so mindless as to need the *union telling me anything. I’ll do whatever the heck I want to do and if that’s to attend the draft, we’ll dammit I earned it, bet your butt I’m going! Regardless of the *union.

  9. radrhatr says: Mar 28, 2011 4:32 PM

    The NFLPA doesn’t exist, right?
    One would think that all of these planned events by a union that doesn’t exist, helps the owners case that decertifying WAS a sham

  10. jnbnet says: Mar 28, 2011 4:37 PM

    The NFLPA realized that the fans are against the move. They see that they are loosing ground in the court of public opinion and that going head to head with the NFL would simply be a bad PR move.

  11. nj22 says: Mar 28, 2011 4:39 PM

    I hope this is true. If it is, it would be the first thing they have done that has made any sense so far. Hopefully this will lead to more common sense decisions soon!

  12. Deb says: Mar 28, 2011 4:43 PM

    @mick730 …

    Unbelievable. Nearly 1700 men play in the NFL and the overwhelming majority work hard at their jobs without getting arrested or having any other problems. And many are involved in charitable works in their spare time. But all you twits can do is focus on the small percentage who get arrested or have a bar fight. I imagine if we looked at any large employer of PFT commenters we’d find similar percentages of people getting into trouble.

    As for those saying no one would have come to a player-sponsored event, that’s not what they’ve been saying.

    Really, sdboltaction? You’d have told everyone to go to hell so you could go celebrate being drafted by the Bengals and having no other choice but to play for them? Yeah, I just bet you would.

  13. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 28, 2011 4:50 PM

    Where’s the money coming from for these events? Shouldn’t they be saving their money to help out players who can’t afford their jewelry payments during the lockout?

  14. 2011to2020lions says: Mar 28, 2011 4:51 PM

    Pretty good decision by them. The first good one since this whole thing started

  15. bluvayner says: Mar 28, 2011 4:55 PM

    In other words……the NFLPA couldn’t find any network who was willing to pay for the rights to to broadcast their “party.”

  16. skins1976 says: Mar 28, 2011 4:59 PM

    DeMoron Smiff thinks he’s Billy Madison runnin’ daddy’s hotel businesses.

  17. stevez51 says: Mar 28, 2011 5:17 PM

    I had the same thought. Who or what would pay for it?? They are no longer a union. Are they paying dues to the trade association??

  18. southmo says: Mar 28, 2011 5:20 PM

    I’ll give credit where it seems to be due. This was a good decision by the NFLPA. At least as a fan, I’m grateful for it.

    Now if everyone can hammer out a deal and quit messing with all the other parts of the NFL season, I’d be REALLY grateful.

    But this decision was certainly welcome.

  19. Deb says: Mar 28, 2011 5:48 PM

    Censored again. We must be trying for the record. How many posts can we censor that address the topic at hand and contain no obscenities? I’m so glad I take time out of my busy day to come share my opinion at your invitation. Now let’s see …. what was sooooo offensive?

  20. Deb says: Mar 28, 2011 5:48 PM

    @mick730 …

    Unbelievable. Nearly 1700 men play in the NFL and the overwhelming majority work hard at their jobs without getting arrested or having any other problems. And many are involved in charitable works in their spare time. But all you twits can do is focus on the small percentage who get arrested or have a bar fight. I imagine if we looked at any large employer of PFT commenters we’d find similar percentages of people getting into trouble.

    As for those saying no one would have come to a player-sponsored event, that’s not what they’ve been saying.

    Really, sdboltaction? You’d have told everyone to go to hell so you could go celebrate being drafted by the Bengals and having no other choice but to play for them? Yeah, I just bet you would.

  21. certtified49er says: Mar 28, 2011 6:31 PM

    reply to Mick730 or was that suppose to be an H instead of an M?

    Wow! just because some players do stupid things to get into trouble during the lockout it can’t be blamed on everybody.I think the NFLPA is doing the right thing here and deserves credit for this. Also what’s all these statements about jewelry have to do with anything? Sounds like hater’s to me.(Bling!!) I’v never seen Payton Manning with any BLING on. Oh! maybe you were you just referring to the black players. Which would make that statement very ignorant and slightly racist. I guess the owners don’t buy BLING, they prefer private jets and Mansions.

  22. tiproast says: Mar 28, 2011 6:56 PM

    Why would a rookie go to an NFLPA party?

    Until a rookie makes a team, he’s not an NFL player. If there is a 2011 NFL season and the rookie does make a roster, why would he join the NFLPA? It’s not a union, so it doesn’t represent all the players in collective bargaining.

    What would a dues-paying member get in return for his money? (Other than the opportunity to pay for a party for the next class of incoming rookies; players that would be trying to take his job away.)

  23. rcali says: Mar 28, 2011 9:11 PM

    Already backing down. C-ya in Week one players.

  24. Deb says: Mar 28, 2011 10:25 PM

    @certified49er …

    Thank you. Guess they haven’t noticed the private jets, chauffered limos, and dazzling diamond rings of the owners.

  25. domehead says: Mar 28, 2011 11:11 PM

    That would’ve been a great move. True fans gear up for the draft more than any other football event, except for the Super Bowl. It’s certainly the biggest off season event. Do you really want to mess with that? It appears that smarter heads may have prevailed here. Is there hope?

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