NEW YORK – After 117 days of the 2011 NFL Lockout, I have only one question for the NFL, what should I do? Taking a serious look at this situation has forced me to ask the question. Just like the thousands of NFL employees who make a modest wage working long hours for the teams and offices. What should they do? Just as the LeBron James commercial begged the question to the public, I pose the same question to you NFL, what should I do? I am a football writer and as such I need team news, game news, practice reports, transactions and scenarios to write about.
How much is enough? I am floored by the possibility of losing an entire NFL season because of disagreements over money. I am disgusted by the fact that a room full of adults cannot come to a friendly agreement and get back to work. There are millions of Americans unemployed right now and tens of millions on food stamps. Make a fair deal for all parties involved and stop embarrassing yourselves publicly. If you think the average guy on the street has sympathy for your situation, you are mistaken. The average guy on the street knows he is a small part of making that $9 billion pot of gold for the NFL each and every year. We are 32 days (8-7-11) away from the Hall of Fame game and there is still no deal in place? What should I do?
Should I forget my dream of getting a paid job writing for the New York Giants after almost 3 years of writing for free? What should I do?
Should I give in agree with my family and friends, who tell me that I am wasting my time writing about NFL football? What should I do?
Should I stop being an NFL fan and refuse to buy another ticket or watch another game on TV due to bitterness? What should I do?
Should I become an anti-NFL writer from now on and point out all of the negative aspects of the game and business? What should I do?
Should I drop all of the players on my fantasy football team and never play the game again? What should I do?
Should I delete this website and create a new one dedicated to the philosophy of labor negotiations? What should I do?
Should I take all of my football memorabilia and authentic Giants jerseys and sell them on eBay? What should I do?
Should I stop using any products that sponsor the NFL and their business in protest? What should I do?
Should I handcuff myself to the front gate of Giants stadium like some nut until the lockout ends? What should I do?
Should I stop using my twitter account to interact with other Giants fans and discuss NFL football? What should I do?
At the end of the day, it will be my decision to make and I’m confident that what ever I choose to do, it will be the right decision for me. I will know what to do when the time is right. The issue here should not be all of the questions I have asked above but rather why a loyal fan of the NFL should have to ask all of these questions? At a time when America is hurting, you assume that the fans will be at your doorstep once this lockout ends begging to see the show. After nearly 4 months of headaches, don’t be too sure. It is arrogant to assume that business will be booming following a lockout that should have never occurred in the first place. You reap what you sow and I fully expect the NFL to lose fans over this lockout. Despite the popular belief that the fans will always be there, the reality of unshakeable integrity is overlooked. Some people cannot be bought and some people will not trade honor for glory.
My final question in this article is simple, What will YOU do?
RD – nygreporter.com
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It amazes me how many are affected.at first im thinking players only and stadium employees,and then you realize people like the writers,sports bars,las vegas gambling and just simply people who go out to watch games on sundays at friends houses.your talking food beverages maybe buying a new jersey or hat.its an amazing ripple affect in which the lives of many are effected economically.but as an optimist,i really feel something will get done by the end of this week.so i wouldnt sell my stuff on ebay or throw myself off a building just yet,although the thought at losing a season makes you think,lol.however if a deal is done,look for it to hit the fans in the pocket with PSLs and merchandising and direct tv sunday ticket prices,because eventually that 9 billion wont be enough to kick around next time.so look for the nfl to gauge the fans eventually.because as strange as it sounds,i think the whole thing was a sham to let the fans think they were taking it away from us,as so they could get more out of us in the long run through cable sports packages and what not.and of course it will work.its like taking a childs favorite toy away.and our toy is the nfl season.
Hey Bobby, good to hear from you. That is hat happened to me. I took a step back and looked at the big picture and realized that this is not only effecting my life but thousands of other people in a lot of the industries you mentioned.
You don’t have to worry about me throwing myself off a building lol I was simply expressing some of the frustrations that fans feel. I get a lot of emails from fans asking my opinion about this situation. After months of being optimistic, I simply do not know what to tell them anymore. I have been wrong time and time again with this lockout. I hope you are right and they come to an agreement this week. It seems like we are saying the same thing each and very week but it would be nice if it were true this time.