Not all football fans are in the same boat most of the time. While some fans have teams that are in it to win it, others have teams that are down and out by week two.
However, we as football fans are officially in the same boat. We all hold our breath in anticipation of football next fall. But thanks to greedy owners, fed up players, and a commissioner that is in way over his head, it's looking like we won't see football for quite some time.
On the surface it's a simple labor negotiation. The players want more, the owners want to pay less and it's about finding middle ground to sign a new collective bargaining agreement.
Below the surface however, there are plenty of twists and turns to these negotiations that could drag this out for months. Here's a look at the issues that could make for a long football drought.