In the upcoming collective bargaining agreement, public opinion will be a very powerful bargaining chip.
If the players or owners can gain majority support from the NFL fan base, they will have major leverage in the negotiations.
The logistics of contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreements are well beyond my knowledge. What I do know, is that a lockout in 2011 isn't going to help anyone.
In the history of professional sports in North America, there hasn't been a league as successful and profitable as the current National Football League.
I find it very hard to believe that the players or owners would be willing to cancel a season in the height of their most profitable years.
The brinksmanship has only just begun, as the season progresses, the talks of a potential lockout will be increasingly more intense.
In their negotiations, they will prey on everyone's worst fear, the possibility of a year without the NFL. In doing so, they intend to sway the public opinion and increase their negotiating power.
Don't fall for it.
Regardless of how serious the concerns may be, there will be NFL football in 2011.