The 2011 NFL Draft is set to take place in the Manhattan near Radio City Music Hall, but the NFL Players’ Association is considering boycotting the draft.
The goal of the alleged boycott would be to prevent the top draft prospects from attending. However, I doubt there will be any boycotting, and so does George Atallah, spokesman for the NFLPA. He tweeted that “the NFLPA is not asking anyone to ‘boycott’ anything, NFL Draft in particular. The NFL Draft is special. Players and their families will be in NYC. It just maybe different. We will provide details when we can”.
The NFLPA met with several top players’ agents before the Super Bowl, and, reportedly, the agents had great support for this boycott. Some of these top agents went as far as to suggest that some veteran players may be picketing in the Music Hall, assuming the lockout is still in effect by then.
Although there was significant support for a boycott, I cannot see it happening, as the benefits…don’t exist. Keeping the high draft picks away from the draft is childish. It would be kind of like a “if we can’t have them, you can’t either” situation. The only thing a boycott would do is create more bad blood between the league and the players’ association.