No NFL season means more unemployed people

I decided that today’s blog post would be a little different than my previous posts. I wanted to talk sports for a little bit. I’m a huge sports fan. I eat, breath, and **** sports. With so many things that are wrong in this world, sports bring fans of all creeds together.

 In spite of its greatness, there’s something that’s bugging me in the sports world right now. And that’s the battle that’s been going on between the NFL and NFL Players Association. As of midnight March 3, the NFL is non-existent unless the labor issues are resolved. The danger of no NFL in 2011-12 is very possible, unless a new collective bargaining agreement is completed.

In a blog written today, Dan Graziano says that both the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to federal mediation. Not a step forward, but at least the two sides have agreed on something.

My problem is that both sides have forgotten about an incredibly important aspect of sports– and that’s the jobs they create. Think about it. No NFL means that the people who are employed at the stadiums, the people who work in the parking garages, hotels, bars, and so on – all these people will be out of a job.

Football cities across the country will see a spike in unemployment rates. Cities like Pittsburgh and, on a more local level, Foxboro will see a loss in revenue due to the fact that there is no NFL season.

But of course, what does Peyton Manning or Jerry Richardson (owner of the Carolina Panthers) care about the unemployed stadium workers? They’re still getting paid.

The impact on the economy will certainly be felt. While the millionaires argue with the billionaires they forget who it is that helps players and owners fill their pockets with all of those dead presidents – the little guy, as Richard Fox puts it. And whatever the end result is, season or no season, no one will stand up for the little guy. They’re left to fend for themselves.

So…you want my suggestion? Quit the bickering and come to an agreement before midnight on March 3. At the end of the day, both the players and the owners will make their millions. There is no reason why the workers whose salary depends on the NFL season should live with uncertainty. These people have families too.

  1. Your post brings up a good point that people may have overlooked at first. When I heard all the noise about the season possibly getting canceled, I was mad just because I wouldn’t get to watch the Patriots, but there would be a lot of far-reaching consequences that don’t come to mind right away. In the end, I think that there’s way too much money at stake for either the owners or the players to follow through with canceling the season. Hopefully for everyone, they’ll come to an agreement sooner rather than later.

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