I don’t know why we didn’t see this coming when the NFL was forced to cancel its annual rookie symposium last week, but with hindsight it seemed like an obvious move. The trade organization formerly known as the National Football League Players’ Association has organized its own rookie symposium, according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer.
The event, which according to Breer will take place June 28 and 29 in Washington, DC, is considered to be crucial for the league’s fresh batch of players. And I can’t see it being any worse as an event run only by the players. They should be able to take the content from previous years and deliver it to this year’s rookie class without losing a step.
So even though the symposium will be different, it’s happening. This means we’ve yet to actually lose an official event on the NFL calendar, but there’ll be no way for the NFLPA to save the Hall of Fame Game (scheduled for Aug. 7), and the clock continues to tick.