Why the NCAA Is Hoping for an NFL Lockout in 2011

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Why the NCAA Is Hoping for an NFL Lockout in 2011

Once a quiet whisper, the NFL lockout talk is cranked up like an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo.

The NFL is coming up on a potential lockout due to an expiring collective bargaining agreement (CBA). If the NFL owners and players don't come to an agreement soon, the 2010 season will not have a salary cap and that will certainly lead to a lockout in 2011.

The last time the NFL experienced a work stoppage was in 1987 when the players went on strike.

We all know how the fans feel about strikes and lockouts. What's the difference between a strike and a lockout?

A strike is chosen by the players (labor). They choose not to work.

A lockout is forced by the owners. They prevent the players (labor) from working.

We all know how the fans would react to a lockout. The owners know if production stops then revenues are lost. Of course if the players are not allowed to work they will not be paid. So who would benefit from a NFL lockout?

The NCAA.

Yes, I would bet that the NCAA would be thrilled with a NFL lockout. You may ask: why?

Let's take a look at the reasons.

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