First Posted: 3/12/2011 7:24:45 PM | Last Updated: 3/12/2011 8:08:09 PM
It can mean the end of NFL Sunday Football to the average Joe's all around the world. It can even mean a void much bigger than season ticket holders already have in their pockets from the price they already pay.
Worse yet, it can mean an asteroid has finally hit the earth's most favorite game of all times. Obviously, it can mean that the average Joe has just became another extinct dinosaur!
Yet, those of you who are inept to legal jargon, might be better equipped to handle the daily he said she said bulls#@t, that is set toward litigation, for lawyers on both sides are the only ones to win the chess match.
But for the simple football fan, this event can only mean a gut wrenching process that will apparently last throughout the long dog days of summer.
Here's the low down on the street.
NFL owners are asking for five billion dollars back from the NFL players, and asking each player to roll back their salaries back four or five years.
The NFLPA, the union for NFL players are asking the owners to show them all of their records for a ten year period.
The owners offered five years audits, instead. The two sides wavered and wound up at the breaking point.
Here's the average Joe's analogy: what if McDonald's, (A world leading corporation), decided to request a five billion dollar payback from all the local restaurant managers, who started as a minimum wage employee five years ago, for the opportunity that McDonald's afforded them as a means of living. Then to consider rolling back the managers current salary back five years back.
Now, if you were a McDonald's manager, would you accept these terms, especially being part of a union ? On average a multi million dollar football player plays less than four years...Within the next four years they are selling insurance, cars or an analyst on ESPN for dimes on the dollar.
To be true, the average Joe is watching millionaires playing a gladiator sport, that is owned by billionaires, for the sole purpose of taking pennies from average Joe's' piggy banks.
But the real situation at hand is that a family tradition is at risk of extinction. My daddy's NFL.
The saddest thing is that when 'Baby Boomers', who went with their parents to NFL games on a regular basis during their formative years, will surely have to take out a second mortgage, whenever the NFL comes back, to take their family to a single Sunday game.
Its a truly sad day for the NFL, NFLPA, America and all the average Joe's families around the world. If the NFL were smart they would look at the mistakes made by Major League Baseball and learn from their labor miscues.
There truly is enough money for both sides to make a profit, but without the average Joe, the two sides could be flipping burgers at McDonald's !
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