Let’s face the hard and depressing reality–it seems, now more than ever, that a lockout is coming in the National Football League.
In the final day of meetings, the NFL Players Association decertified its union today. What does this mean? To put it simply, the NFLPA has given up trying to reach a deal with the owners. Instead they will file class-action lawsuits that could last well into the 2011 season. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the NFL plans to announce a lockout at some point tonight or over the weekend.
ESPN wrote: “In the end, it appeared the sides were about $185 million per year apart on how much money owners would get up front during the new collective bargaining agreement — well down from the $1 billion that separated them for so long. The union refused to budge any further without getting detailed financial information for each team.”
This goes to show how capitalism drives every industry. It’s a battle between millionaires and billionaires, between greed and greedier. The reason for the sport, which is to provide entertainment, has lost its value because of personal gain. There may be no more Sunday’s on the couch with Fox/CBS/ESPN, no more fantasy football, and no more Super Bowl parties this upcoming season. That was not an easy sentence to write.
The Philadelphia Inquirer published the reactions to a number of Eagles players, who may find themselves off the field and on the golf links this upcoming season.
“I cringe every time I hear it,” said Eagles center Mike McGlynn, one of the team’s union representatives. “I just want to jump through the TV screen and say, ‘I’m not a millionaire!’”
“I know we stand together,” Eagles player representative Winston Justice said. ”We’re not just fighting for ourselves now. We’re fighting for the future of the NFL and its players.”
Since it seems no deal will be reached by midnight tonight, we can only hope and pray that an agreement comes in the near future before disrupting the discourse of the NFL season. If not, I hope ESPN starts carrying more English Premier Soccer games or the UFL is ready to step into prime time. Ugh, this makes me sick.