So, the NFL players have been "locked out". Just a quick question for you rabid NFL fans.....who cares? Certainly not Tom "Carnival" Brady, who apparently was "locked out" so effectively that he ended up in Brazil. This "strike" (because that's the word we use to describe stuff like this) causes me angst only from the standpoint of not knowing which side is less right.
There are so many issues on the table here, dissecting any one of them leaves so much uncovered that it isn't worth going into. Do I feel really awful about players who wind up in long term medical care because of multiple brain injuries? You betchya. Do I think the owners are money-grubbing cartel-ists? Yep. Do I think the season is already too long? Yep. Do I think players make too much money---er, no, not as long as the market can stand it.
What IS silly though is this statement by the player's union (well, former player's union) rep: "I will tell you this: Any business where two partners don't trust each other, any business where one party says, 'You need to do X, Y and Z because I told you,' is a business that is not only not run well, it is a business that can never be as successful as it can be," Smith said. The NFL players and the owners are NOT partners. Owners are owners and players are labor. Pure and simple. Whether in the auto industry or the NFL, a business cannot long prosper which forgets that labor and capital are different and ultimately have different interests, some of which are antithetical.
I'm sure there are plenty of lost souls whose fall and winter will be made even more desolate without the chance to put on their Steeler jersey on a Sunday before they go to the Giant, or the inconsolable folks who thought to drown their loss of collective bargaining rights in beer, brats, and foam cheese headware, or those who will no longer be able to cheer on animal abusers. But I will be none the worse for a football season lost to history.