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Why College Football Players Should Boycott Week 1 Of The 2016 Season

A group of people are trying to topple a giant by lobbing pebbles at it. 

Spoiler alert: this isn't going to work. 

The people - college football players and recruits - are upset with the giant - the NCAA - for, among other reasons, the recent decision to banish satellite camps

The pebbles:

There is a petition started by the mother of a five-star recruit. There is a #ChangeNCAA hashtagon Twitter that started to trend nationally on Sunday thanks to a number of relatively big-time players. There was the social media rant from former Ohio State star quarterback Cardale Jones. 

">@NCAA and their rules & regulation. They do any & everything to exploited collegiate athletes.

— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) April 11, 2016

This is all fine and admirable, but these things are just annoyances to the big, bad NCAA.

They're pebbles being lobbed at a billion-dollar giant. It'll flick them away and keep doing what it wants to do. Jones realizes this. 

">@NCAA .It's not like that's going to change how the athletes are exploited, even tho 98% of people feel the same way

— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) April 11, 2016

You want to actually change the NCAA? Do something that will actually hurt it. And there's really only one thing college football players can do to hurt the tyrant they believe isn't looking out for their best interests: boycott games. Refuse to play. 

Boycott Week 1 of the 2016 college football season, college football players. Boycott the games until you believe you've gotten what you think is fair. Or, at least, a compromise that you believe is fair. 

That'll change the NCAA. That'll take millions of dollars out of the NCAA's pockets. That'll take millions of dollars out of the schools' pockets. 

That will force a change. 

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This, of course, isn't just about satellite camps. That's the story recently, but it's just another bullet point on a long list of complaints college football players (and many others) have had against the NCAA. They want to be able to profit off their likeness. They want to be free to transfer to schools of their choosing. And on and on and on. 

Nothing has really changed, though, because nothing has forced the NCAA to change. Why change when you don't have to? 

A boycott would make something happen. Look at what happened at Missouri last fall, when the university's president, Tim Wolfe, resigned a couple days after the Tigers' football team announced it was boycotting all football activities until he stepped down. Look at what happens when professional athletes hold out to get the contracts they want. 

In 1993, Dallas Cowboys' star running back Emmitt Smith held out of the team's first two games of the season, wanting more money. The Cowboys lost those two games. Smith got his money

Boycotting a week's slate of games (or more) will force the NCAA to actually listen to the players. It'd be one of the biggest sports stories ever. It'd be a multi-million dollar loss for the NCAA, its schools and its corporate partners. 

It'd make something change.

It'd be a rocket launched directly at the giant's face. It'd work a lot better than some small pebbles.