The NFLPA* isn’t sure exactly what they are going to do on draft day just yet.
SI’s Peter King writes that the former union will meet Monday to discuss their plans, and there are “several” options that remain possible.
One option is doing nothing, but King says the chance of that happening is only slight. The plan could still be to have current players welcome their new teammates to the stage, as reported a few weeks back.
“The one thing I feel sure about, though, is that it will have a welcome-to-the-family feel, with current players welcoming new players to pro football,” King writes.
It’s uncertain if the players will get this event broadcast. (It seems apparent no broadcast agreement has been reached yet.) King mentions the event would likely be live-streamed over the internet, like many player interviews and press conferences by the NFLPA* over the last few weeks.
That raises a few issues. First — can the NFLPA find a production staff that could put on such an event and handle the traffic? Their recent UStream interviews have been helpful, but they are watched by very few people — often in the double digits.
The players also haven’t really addressed the mixed message they are sending out. They may discourage rookies from attending the draft because they don’t want anything to be “business as usual.” And yet they allow their own players to appear on NFL Network.
Perhaps union rep Jeff Saturday can explain the difference during his two day appearance on NFL Total Access starting Monday night.