The practice of destructive misinformation that is so prevalent during the walkup to the draft is absolutely deplorable.
If a team is going to put up a smokescreen by feigning interest in a certain player or position group in order to increase its opportunity to trade down or get the player it really wants, I can live with that. If an agent is going to try to create a better market or increase the draft position of his client by indicating that teams higher in the draft order have a much greater interest in his client than they actually do, I can handle it.
What I can't stomach are the individuals who deliberately spread false rumors about a prospect for the sole purpose of helping their own situation. There has got to be a better way. Is it really that cutthroat of a game that people have to take malicious steps to damage reputations and potentially their futures in order to possibly help theirs?
The subject came to the forefront this week with the talk surrounding Ohio State running back
Teams and agents have been known to spread false information about players' health, personalities, test results, off-field activities and coachability, all in the name of the almighty dollar. That is unfair.
Ultimately, every team has to do its own research and draw its own conclusions, but at times teams can get leery or scared off just because that information is in the public domain and they don't want to risk looking foolish if the player's supposed flaws come to fruition. Though it is unlikely to ever happen, I would love to be in the room during contract negotiations if the player falls in the draft to the team that was spreading the word about his faults in the first place. What a great way to start a relationship.
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I couldn't agree more and I make this point on the radio all the time. Draft picks are unproven commodities. Their overall success rate is not nearly as high as a lot of teams would have us believe.
The love of draft picks stems from the fact that outside of the first 10-15 picks, they are typically a very reasonable fixed cost. And since they are young, the thinking is they are both less likely to break down and hungrier to do what it takes to have success and make it to their second contract.
I would first make every attempt to express my dissatisfaction in private, behind closed doors, in the hope of upgrading my deal. It is tough to say whether I would attempt to withhold my services or take my case to the media if I were in that situation, but my guess is that I would not.
Your point about the length of careers and the risk involved is well taken. But if I signed the contract I would have known what I was getting into and would live with that commitment while at the same time attempting to get something done with the team in a non-contentious fashion. Maybe that is old-school, but that is me.
That is a fair point, but not one with which most people seem to be overly concerned. I have never been a record guy myself, but I recognize the significance for some. The league increased the regular season from 14 games to 16 at one point and my guess is it is just a matter of time before the next increase happens. I am more concerned with player health than records.
I thought my wife was the only person I had ever met that used the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks expression, so thanks for clearing that up! The Browns have not had a lot of success in that department since they returned to Cleveland and you have to place the onus on ownership since it is doing the hiring. I was surprised that