The NFL lockout has not yet forced the cancellation of games, but things are certainly headed in that direction. ESPN is reporting that the league has cancelled next month’s rookie symposium.
The symposium is designed to teach rookies life lessons on dealing with football, finances and their new lifestyle. Many players who have been through the symposium have said it has been a positive first step in their transition into the NFL.
But with the NFL and NFLPA at an impasse and with both sides waiting for a June 3 court hearing before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the legality of the ongoing lockout, the event is not going forward.
Even with the lockout still in place, it would have been nice to see the two sides find a way to let the symposium take place. Just like players shaking hands with the commissioner at the NFL Draft, there is no downside to letting this event go forward.
Sooner or later, we will have football again. And when we do, all of these rookies are still going to need some direction about how to handle themselves as a professional. Without the symposium to start players off on the right foot, the Kansas City Chiefs will need to lean even heavier on their veterans than ever.