NFL Labor Negotiations Take Ugly Turn as Owners Walk Out

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NFL Labor Negotiations Take Ugly Turn as Owners Walk Out
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Temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium weren't ready for Super Bowl XLV, leading to a class-action lawsuit. If the current status of NFL labor negotiations is any indication, there will be a lot of empty seats next season.

If a task is too difficult, the right thing to do is to just walk away and quit.

According to ESPN, that seems to be the mentality that NFL owners practiced Wednesday when they walked out of a negotiations meeting in Washington. The labor meeting scheduled for today was called off and an owner's meeting next Tuesday was cancelled as well.

As of right now, no future negotiation meetings have been scheduled.

Apparently, players and owners are too split over how to split $9 billion worth of revenue. Therefore, owners have, for now, decided to take their collective pigskins and go home.

Yeah, that's a good idea. If you have too much work that you need to do, you shouldn't just start doing it right away.

You shouldn't try to build the first steps of a stairway that leads to a new collective bargaining agreement before the current one's March 3 expiration. And you shouldn't worry about the potential lost revenue that comes with an NFL lockout.

And you definitely shouldn't worry about giving the fans a 2011 season. It's not like they're paying hundreds of dollars for tickets to games and, in some cases, millions of dollars to build stadiums that will go to waste if the 2011 season is cancelled.

In case you can't tell, I'm being sarcastic.

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Speaking of NFL/Money Issues—Super Bowl XLV Lawsuit

My lifelong dream is to one day go to the Super Bowl.

So you would think that I would sympathize with the 400 Super Bowl XLV ticket holders who had to watch the game from standing-room locations around the stadium because their temporary seats weren't ready.

I still do; to come so close to that lifelong dream only to have it taken away would have depressed me beyond belief. But I think these 400 people, plus some of the other 850 fans who had to take different seats because of the faulty temporary seats, are being a little greedy.

Despite being offered triple the face value of their tickets or a ticket to a future Super Bowl, they have filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones for alleged breach of contract, fraud and deceptive sales practices.

If I were one of those fans, I would have taken the option of getting a ticket to a future Super Bowl—and hoped that it wouldn't get taken away as well.

According to recent reports, Jerry Sloan is resigning from his head-coaching position with the NBA's Utah Jazz. Check out Drew Rosten's Sports Thread at to see how this could lead to an NBA championship for the Chicago Bulls.

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