One of the highlights of the NFL draft every year is seeing top players receive hugs from their families and friends before going up on stage and shaking the commissioner's hand. If the NFLPA has its way, that highlight won't be a part of this year's event.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the players' union (or trade association now that it has decertified) is planning on boycotting the draft, which will be held April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The association is asking top college prospects to not attend the ceremony.
The draft is shown on TV by both ESPN and the NFL Network, and each network likes to show the players preparing to be selected waiting in the green room and also do interviews with the prospects. A boycott would prevent those things from taking place.
So far, the league doesn't appear to be worried by this, with league spokesman Greg Aiello saying, "We plan to invite the 15-20 top prospects and their families to New York as we normally do for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. And, as always, it is the decision of the players and their families as to whether they attend."