NFL Lockout: Rookie Symposium Cancelled, First 2011 Season Event Lost

The NFL's lockout rolls on, and with no sign of imminent resolution, the NFL has scratched the 2011 NFL Rookie Symposium off its calendar, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The symposium, set to be held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on June 26, likely becomes the first regularly scheduled NFL event cancelled of the lockout. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello cited "the uncertainty of the labor issues we are facing and the logistical challenges of conducting the symposium" as the reasons for cancellation. If the NFL can't reliably plan events a month in advance, though, that bodes poorly for planning a season should this lockout stretch into summer.

Furthermore, this only increases the chances that the 2011 NFL Draft class will be one of the league's more ineffectual crops of rookies. First-year players have already been hampered by a lack of permissible contact with coaches and team personnel, and face further losses of practice and training camp time. But the Rookie Symposium has been credited with helping many rookies be successful on and off the field, and removing it from the NFL's schedule disproportionately hurts this group of rookies.

Latest News

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.