Saturday, March 12, 2011
Many predicted it and after a week of trying to discuss a resolution to a new collective bargaining agreement, the talks broke off and the lockout has begun.
This was not a surprise and the NFL is doing itself no favors by shutting down an organization that produces $9 billion in revenue. There are still about 4-5 months until training camp opens, but as of now, the 2011 season is in limbo. This could get ugly and even though the President stated otherwise, I believe we'll be seeing the White House involved...remember DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA Director, is a close Obama ally who served on his transition team and donated to his campaign.
At least we have baseball, and if there is no 2011 season, let's hope the NFL (and their likely new commissioner, as Goddell won't last, as a result of a work stoppage under his watch) can have the rebound baseball has since their 1994-5 work stoppage.