Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Not if there's collective bargaining.
in general, sports drafts DO violate some kind of "free enterprise" idea, but balanced against the gains of collective bargaining, its a small price to pay for the employee. ...Or, it should be a small price. if the NFLPA gets rid of the draft I will be pissed. While it makes sense for "workers rights" it does not make sense for the integrity of the league or fairness in competition.
I'm not sure it does make sense for "workers rights". Ditching the draft means dumping the whole collective bargaining system, including items like veteran minimums, etc.
Sure, a relatively small group of elite players would benefit enormously from open bidding. But the rest of those guys (the ones taken in rounds 4 or later) would get screwed. Special teams & backup players would not get $300K plus on the open market. More like $60K with no bonus and no injury benefits.
The owners have to find the money to outbid each other from somewhere and the league would settle into a new balance that is decidedly unfavorable to the vast majority of players imo.