NEW YORK – The NFL lockout has entered its 11th day and the fans are beginning to feel lonely. The lack of NFL news or even more specifically, team news, has fans openly questioning what the heck is going on? The truth is that there isn’t anything to report. The NFL owners and players still have not come to any agreement and it looks like this lockout may take longer then most expected. At a time when the entire world has gone crazy and wars are being fought all over the globe, it amazes me that this lockout is just another issue people have to deal with. To some, the NFL is an escape from the realities of life going on around them for a few hours. Now that escape has been taken away too.
The reality is that nobody cares about the reasons for this lockout or the excuses. There are a lot of people unemployed in this country and compared to the regular guy, every employee in the NFL is paid well. Now, I’m not suggesting that the salaries of players shouldn’t be fair but once you cross the million dollar a year threshold, is there really anything else to talk about? I don’t want to suggest that I am on the side of ownership because those guys are billionaires. If the players are the big shots to the regular guy, then the owners are the really big shots to the players. The simple fact that the NFL is actually considering taking America’s game and moving it overseas for certain games tells me that we may be near “peak NFL” in the USA. They can say that they are just looking to make new fans overseas but we all know that it is about money. I do not include John Mara in my rant about ownership because he is the one person who is constantly in the media trying to get this thing done.
The world is on fire and countries are collapsing all around us. The fans need the NFL now more then ever. Let’s not forget the soldiers stationed all over the world who really need the distraction of some good ole’ football news back home. How do you think the grunt feels after walking a 12-hour patrol with sixty pounds on his back, who finally gets some down time in his tent to check the internet and finds the NFL arguing over millions of dollars while he gets $24,000 a year to risk his life?
There are plenty of examples I can give about the regular guy and the struggles they have to go through everyday (myself included) but it will do no good. This lockout is going to last as long as it takes for the owners to get what they want. The question is how much is enough? Do you replace morals with smart business when you already have a billion in the bank? What if the fans locked YOU out and boycotted the 2011 NFL season? That’s something that could never happen right? You never know. Wrap up this lockout and get back to work quickly before the fans fall out of love with you.
RD – nygreporter.com
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