The NFL has canceled its plans to invite all 254 drafted players to the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month, as the rookie symposium has become a casualty of the lockout.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the symposium is thought to be the first event wiped off the league’s calendar by the labor situation.
Players, coaches, owners and league executives have all spoken favorably about the symposium through the years, saying it’s a great opportunity for young football players to learn how to manage their finances, handle the pressures that come with being in the NFL and conduct themselves as professionals. So it’s a significant loss for the league.
The symposium had been scheduled to begin on June 26.