The NFL Players’ Association will hold a rookie symposium on June 28 and 29, called “The Business of Football,” NFLPA Spokesman George Attalah told reporters from ESPN Dallas, on Tuesday.
The rookie symposium is usually hosted by the league, but with the lockout in place, the symposium was cancelled--leaving players and player reps are left to welcome incoming rookies to the league. According to a story on SI.com, the NFLPA will cover the cost of the event in full, including lodging and travel for players.
Unlike the NFL’s rookie symposium, this edition is not thought to be mandatory. One agent representing a Cowboys’ draft pick said he had not heard of the NFLPA-sponsored event, but another--representing second rounder Bruce Carter--said he was aware of the event and that his client would attend.
"It was important for us to do this because it's a critical time in the lives of players who are about to enter the league," Atallah told Jim Trotter of SI.com, via ESPN Dallas. "Lockout issues aside, it's important that players are prepared for this next phase in their lives and careers."
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