The NFL Lockout: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. Barring a last-minute agreement, the NFL will cease operations as we know them tonight at 11 when the league's current collective bargaining agreement expires. The owners and players have met via mediation the last nine days with no significant movement. The owners, dealt a significant blow this week when a judge ruled they could not touch $4 billion in TV reserves during a lockout, dispersed yesterday with no further meetings planned. Ominous.

9. This will be a lockout, not a strike. That means this is the owners grinding things to a halt and it means there will be no traditional picket lines and no chance of a feel-good implementation of off-the-street scab players like the ones used in 1987. If you're choosing sides, see it as the owners being even more greedy.

8. The main chess pieces in the owners vs. players are NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and players union boss DeMaurice Smith. Each is venturing into his first labor negotiation, which should make things interesting.

7. Once the lockout begins, everything stops. Except for the NFL Draft April 28, which will be a surreal event considering the rest of the league has shut down. Players can't visit team facilities, have playbooks or make any contact with team officials. Likewise, teams will stop using players' photos and stats on their websites. The NFL will be alive, but in a coma.

6. I remember the last major work stoppage in 1987. On one Sunday I found myself -- instead of watching the NFL -- down at my local VFW playing bingo.

5. The players are pondering to decertify their union, meaning they will no longer be represented as a whole in negotiations. If this happens and the owners continue with the lockout, this thing could involve antitrust laws and will be headed to the courts for years of legalese.

4. Since no free agents can be signed or trades made, it'll be fascinating to keep up with players during the lockout. Unable to train at team facilities and no longer receiving paychecks, this thing could ruin some careers. Some savvy players have saved their pennies for a rainy day. Others...

3. When the lockout is over the NFL likely will have an 18-game schedule and a rookie wage scale. This is mostly about off-the-field stuff. The game we've grown to love won't be noticeably different.

2. At the heart of the matter is how the players and owners will share $9 billion in annual NFL revenue. Consider the absurdity of that "problem."

1. It will take blown deadlines, ugly rhetoric and, yes, uncomfortable compromise, but I just can't see the NFL missing any games because of this labor impasse. The '87 strike was a disaster for the owners and we saw the staggering blows the work stoppages dealt Major League Baseball in '94 and the NHL in '05. By Labor Day we'll be talking cornerbacks, not court rulings.


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TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Peterson has compared the NFL to modern day slavery. Wow.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

Here's to scorched earth. I hope they do go down the same road as the rest of the leagues and thoroughly pisses off their fanbase. Tweet it up boys. All dirt all the time. No holds barred. Rooting for massive chaos.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

If this lockout save us a few reviews by scott and Robm and a few weeks of RW's qb ratings..I can live with it..the fighting Redshoes will be trying to go back to back, my little Longhorns will be trying to march back towards respectability and NASCAR will be finishing up..might be able to get a couple of rounds o golf in..it'll all be ok folks, #winningalways/alwayswinning

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I wonder if the UFL will get smart and move their schedule to the fall and/or squeeze in an extra season if the NFL doesn't end up on the field.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I wonder if the union decertifies and the league does lockout, would any of the lesser guys actually go play in the UFL to collect some sort of check? I mean if the union doestn exist, the union cant stop them from doing what they want

Rooster
Rooster

I think that assumes the UFL is still in existence. I didn't even know they played last year until I read a court filing about Cuban wanting his loan back from them.

P1Steven
P1Steven

ummmm you missed the '99 lNBA lockout...1/2 the season canceled...Although, there was still a champ that year.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Doesn't the players union have to decertify before the lockout occurs? That's what I thought I've heard during ESPN and Mike & Mike's unending coverage. Could be wrong, Golic trying to act like he understands and relating it to his playing days gives me tiredhead well before the Muser break is over.

I hope Jerry gets all twitchy about making stajium payments while the owners are trying to justify their greed.

Get ready for many days of "nothing's happened" top stories from sports media that doesn't know what to do without easy NFL coverage.

Robm
Robm

The owners are killing me. This isn't baseball, where the union has run wild.

Rookie wage scale, fine. That will end the rookie holdouts.

18 games? Pure greed. The players don't want it, and surprisingly, the fans do not appear to want it. Get rid of two preseason games, expand the playoffs to 16 teams, and maybe take a half percent more of the profits from the players.

But stop punishing the players and fans because of the owners' greediness.

I'm starting to sound like a Democrat, but what the owners are doing right now is exactly why over the last few decades the rich have gotten richer while the majority have stagnated, or worse.

Guy Sports
Guy Sports

And who is at the top of the Grinch that could steal the NFL season list? The same owner that oversold Superbowl seats? The same owner that would not break out his wallet to obtain any of the 300+ unrestricted free agents last year because his team was a lock for the Superbowl?

This thing will settle because the owners will get hit contractually with future guaranteed discounts provided to the broadcast networks if games are missed.

The 18 game season is going to be a literal train wreck for the NFL with more and more head injury evidence being discovered.

Rooster
Rooster

Millionaires fighting with Billionaires with each complaining they can't feed their family on what they have.

I'd rather watch MLS than listen to this drivel.

Somebody call me when this is over. Until then - meh.

Baldy
Baldy

I'm with you there Rooster - double meh.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Maybe with this work stoppage, on sundays you can find yourself watching and learning more about Nascar. Altghough if the NCAA is smart, and there is no NFL season, they will move some major matchups to Sunday afternoons, Could you say Texas - OU at 3 pm on a Sunday with no other college games to compete for viewrs with, that'd be delish

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I too think that the NASCAR ratings are gonna improve because of this..I saw the Lingerie footballers may move to Sunday..could get into some of that

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

college football will fill my void and Sunday I don't have to wake up as early to mow the grass and play with the kids. Eff em.

Mike
Mike

Sorry to ruin your wetdream, but the moment the NCAA starts scheduling games on Sundays will be the moment the NFL schedules games on Saturdays. Who do think would win that TV battle? Why not ask NASCAR and MLB what it's like to go head to head against the NFL on teevee.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

hey dimwit, if the NFL aint playing, how are they going to schedule games on Saturdays?

Richie's hair plugs
Richie's hair plugs

I hope Richie and Greggo learn more about Nascar, actually everyone at the Fail. It's embarassing to listen to them try to talk about it and interview drivers when they don't even know what they are talking about. The Fail should really be trying to embrace Nascar considering the Rangers have already jumped ship and the Cowboys could go next. Richie, you should start watching Inside Nascar on Showtime if you actually care about learning the rules and point system. It would be a good start.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

If this does linger, I wonder if people will still bitch because Tony Romo is playing golf. Or a pickup game of basketball.

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