Why the NFL Lockout Is a Blessing in Disguise

Micah ChenAnalyst IIIOctober 9, 2010

MIAMI - OCTOBER 04:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots runs for a first down  against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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I know, I'm as bummed out as you guys are.  With the 2011 offseason inching closer and closer, so are the chances that there may not even be a season next year.  A lot of you guys are upset about it.  But stop and just think about it for a second.  No big Sunday night games, no inviting all your rowdy friends over for Monday night, no more fantasy football, no Madden game, and no Super Bowl! 

Do you guys realize what is happening!  Do you guys realize the level of impact that this will have on us?  I know you guys have heard the horror stories already, so I'm not going to go on too long on the bad stuff. What I want to focus on is the positive ripple this lockout will have on us and the players.

Let's talk about this season.  With the possible lockout next season, every game suddenly feels more important.  Before, you could afford to miss a game or two due to church, now you will argue with your wife all morning so you can watch the game. 

Suddenly you start to not take every game for granted.

Because chances are good that the NFL will have a lockout next year, meaning after this year, it will be nearly two years before you can watch another NFL game.

Next year will certainly hurt the economy since no big football games means fewer tourists.  And fewer tourists means less money being pumped into the economy.

But the year after that, when the NFL is back, business is going to boom.  Football fans will be starved for the big game.  And they'll go out of their way to get tickets.

NFL ticket sales have been on the decline the last few years, and the NFL expects the same dip to happen again this year.

Part of the problem is that the NFL has to compete with crystal clear HD TV's and a stocked fridge on Sunday's, and another reason is that in this economy nobody is really that interested in blowing 300 bucks so their family can sit in the nosebleeds. 

But after almost two years, the fans' interest in watching it live instead of on the TV will grow—since they haven't seen it forever.  And they want to be the ones that said they were there after the long wait.  The attraction to the game they love will go up.

Another plus on the lockout is the players view on it.  Let's face it, besides the Peyton Manning's and Tom Brady's of the league, NFL players simply don't get paid enough for the beating they take.

Stars like DeSean Jackson are being paid barely enough to meet ends meet.  Just 780,000  bucks.  Now you may be thinking that's more than enough to make a comfortable living.  But these guys are taking a beating every single week, and they deserve to live the millionaire lifestyle. 

Their bodies are worn out and tired. Think of it this way, there are four preseason games, 16 regular season games, and up to four playoff games.  That's a max of 24 games per season, plus the Pro Bowl and the Hall of Fame game.  So that means you can play up to 26 games a year. 

Now, divide 365 by 26. You get a game for every 14 days.

These players are putting their lives and bodies on the line for you guys and their families every other week!

With an extra 12 months off, veteran stars like Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning could easily extend their careers at least another couple seasons.  Most players aren't 100 percent come training camp time.  Most of them at least have some kind of small nagging injury from the year before.

An extra year could do wonders for these players.  They wouldn't have to take HGH or anything illegal like that just so they can make it another week.  They wouldn't have to do anything illegal just to GET BY.

And the players have personal lives too.  They could spend more time with their kids.  A lot of fans don't realize this, but the players are human too.  They want to be good fathers to their kids too.  And in order to do that they need to make time for it.

Thanks to the busy regular-season AND offseason schedule, they hardly get any time to just hang out and be a father to their wife and kids. 

So think of it this way, we, the fans, start to appreciate the game more.  After the lockout, business will boom for the league.  And the players will really appreciate the time they can spend off the gridiron—possibly extending their careers.

I'm not saying it's all win-win.  But chances are, it's going to happen.  So we might as well just make the best of it.