Posted by Big Ron on August 09, 20 at 09:07:42:
In Reply to: Re: Striking players get a taste of Larry Scott posted by Xdevil on August 09, 20 at 03:10:00:
Maybe 10 will make NFL rosters. That means 99% of the kids are playing for a better life through a free college education. That is what is at stake for most.
Jon Wilmer wrote a good article on this issue. The gist of his story was that a bunch of young players will give thumbs up on a social network, but may react differently when they need to put skin in the game. Will the best pro prospects really opt out of their pro ball audition? Some starters have already stated that although they sympathize with the movement, they will play and not give up their year to impress NFL teams.
Keying on your comments, I fear that these kids have been TOLD that they can change the system. The NCPA is basically a one man show that conspired with the steelworkers union to organize the Northwestern team team a few years ago. That ended badly for the school and players, but the union organizers were able to just walk away. The union learned from its defeat and are now back to capitalize on today’s social chaos. If it does not work this time, more kids become victims and the unions only cost is a little legal fees.
These kids do not understand that that their demands will intimately lead to tough union-labor negotiations. They will be pushed aside and later handed rules and restrictions by armies of lawyers. The first time any player tries to act like a college student, breach of contract allegations will begin. These kids will quickly learn how complicated their world can become.
All that being said, Larry Scott still comes off as a poor leader and communicator. Assembling a dozen world leaders in infectious disease and health does no good if this they have no direction. And lack of communication certainly feeds these players concerns. But Scott is smart enough to offer no concession that that these kids can be construed as employees. The unions will get no access to negotiations regarding conference/university budgets, salaries, revenues, employee policies nor anything else the union advisors threw into the players list of demands.
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