Here’s to Hoping For a Lockout!

I can’t say I totally understand what is going on with the NFL and NFLPA duking it out for the $9 billion pot. I know there are plenty of gripes on both sides as there are in any type of labor dispute. All the percentages and retirement funds make my head spin, and honestly I could really care less what ends up happening between the two sides when it’s all said and done. There are two things that I want to see come out of this. The first is that they get a team in Los Angeles. Not because I live here or would go to their games unless I got free tickets, but it makes sense. I’ve never been one that enjoys seeing the rich get richer, but as Charlie Sheen would say you win here you win there, WINNING! Putting a team in LA would be winning for both sides, because it’s a huge market that the players and league would all benefit from. Second, the retired players health. I couldn’t be more on the players side for this one, as the NFL really does need to have some kind of medical plan for the guys that bashed their brains in for the sport that made the owners more rich than they already were. It’s amazing to me how bad they treat their former employees. Almost all of the owners are really old, so you’d think they’d understand these types of problems that come with age. As Simmons points out in his article today, they just love money.

The real reason I wrote this was because I actually want to see this lockout happen. I know I’m in the minority with this view. Apparently today they’ve extended talks for another 7 days, but I don’t see much happening in that week. I’m not saying I would enjoy a fall without football (because I wouldn’t), but if these two sides can’t see that they are winning in nearly every phase, then I hope they lockout. My main reason is I’d love to see them lose some fans. We are the ones that fill their pockets by overspending on game tickets that you can barely even see the field from for $100 each, and while they do give us an amazing product that I thoroughly enjoy, they don’t really care about us, they just want to know how much they can make off us raising prices on everything (tickets, merchandise, parking, concessions, etc) in a national recession. Do they care that we buy licensed NFL products for hundreds of dollars when it cost them one dollar to make in China? No, and I do understand the capitalist point of view on it, but can’t fathom how there’s never enough. Every league is geared for the fans, but I feel like the NFL takes advantage of them a lot more than others, so by all means lockout and lose some of your fans!

That being said if there is a lockout the second football comes back on I’m positive I’ll be watching. I’d love to see a lockout that knocks the NFL down to the #2 or #3 sport in our country in the same way that baseball died after their strike. I’m thinking if it kills a fantasy season that will ultimately take some people away from the game. Would those fantasy players return to being fans of the league without that season? Hopefully not, and I can’t stand being at a bar listening to some guy talk about how his receiver needing 10 yards to take the lead in his matchup. That my friends is something I won’t miss. I can’t say I don’t fall into that trap from time to time, but I know I’d do just fine watching without fantasy sports around. I no longer like the casual fan that doesn’t really root for a team, and I feel like a lockout would kill some of them off. In an era where everything major going on is an open book in the media, I’d love to see them lockout. The league/owners would be crucified in public (rightfully so), and would see a decline in the sports popularity on some level. I wish we could go back to the days when most owners cared more about winning. That’s why I’ll never fault Al Davis for any of the moves he makes no matter how ridiculous they can be. He does them because he thinks it will make them win. You can’t say the same for many teams out there.

 

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11 responses to “Here’s to Hoping For a Lockout!

  • tophatal

    chappy

    It’d be in everyone’s best interest they were able to resolve this issue because if there’s a lockout consider how much it’d impact the local businesses within the communities involved ? There’s a lot more at stake than most have really considered .

    tophatal ………….

    • chappy81

      What businesses would go under Al? Most people still spend what they have, and with the extra $500 that they didn’t spend on tickets they could spend at those local businesses instead of on the NFL games. Seems like it might actually help the local community to me.

      • tophatal

        chappy

        Try the small businesses that have become reliant on game day especially in the small markets ? When baseball had their shortened season you’d be surprised at the number of business that went under . There are over 100 , jobs tied into the NFL indirectly over the course of the regular season outside of the NFL itself . How’s it going to help a community if the unemployment goes up over whatever period there’s a lockout ?

        When fans come in from out of town they tend to spend more than the locals within the community on game day. Simply think about it , be it through eating at a local restaurant or visiting a place if interest prior to the game never mind money spent on memorabilia .

        tophatal ……….

  • Ravenation, L.L.C. of North America

    It’s crazy that there are local grocery stores out here that provide better health care than the NFL does.

    If they do move to LA, they have to move one of the existing teams, We can’t have 33 teams

    Meehan

    WINNING!!!

    • tophatal

      Meehan

      They are winning each of the teams in the NFL as the public gets screwed over whenever a stadium is built either because the municipalities therein use taxpayer revenues to fund these venues and then you wonder why your local street has a pot-hole looking like a crater on the moon ?

      What no one really wants to see is this being long term and then businesses going belly up as that’s what happened with the last NFL stoppage in ’87 .

      tophatal ……………

    • chappy81

      Yeah, I agree they don’t need to expand with a new franchise that won’t be the answer. They need to move someone if they do. I could really see the Chargers moving up when their deal is done at Qualcom in 2013 I think, plus they’d already have a good fanbase in place since there’s a lot of Chargers fans in LA.

  • Ravenation, L.L.C. of North America

    Sorry, I had to take a dump in the Chick-Fil-A bathroom

    Anyhoo,

    The structure of the league is fine the way it is: 2 conferences of 16 teams, each containing 4 divisions of four teams. No need to disrupt two to the fifth power

    Meehan

    • tophatal

      Meehan

      It’s not a structural change that’s needed but the actual change of the business template because the idiots on either side of the table ever looked at the business template long term and had a plan in place if ever there was a downturn in the economy . All they were ever so reliant upon was the ever increasing revenues that they could charge the networks at the tv contract renewals and the fact that they felt the fans are still gullible enough to shell out their hard earned cash.

      Look at how fans are asked to pay a none refundable payment for a PSL ( private seating license —-[ that’s the biggest fraud allowable going with the regard the anti trust exemption given to professional sports franchises] ) and then asked to pay again on top of that for the damn ticket ?

      tophatal ……………..

  • Chris Humpherys

    Power to the people, y’all!

  • tophatal

    Here’s my answer to Goodell and Smith …………….

    Try a lil’ love and tenderness as it seems to have worked for these two ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

    tophatal ………………..

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