As the expiration to the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) inches closer and closer every day, NFL fans are forced to listen to the posturing of each side.
We come to sites like Bleacher Report in the hopes of hearing something positive. Such as, we have extended the deadline for the expiration of the CBA, or (heaven forbid) they have come to an agreement. All we hear are things like, NFLPA de-certification and even if the NFLPA de-certifies, the NFL will still lock out the players.
As fans of the NFL, all we can do is sit here, and hope that the billionaires and millionaires can find a way to split the fortunes that WE, as fans pay.
They don't take into account that WE are suffering the realities of worrying about jobs. WE are the ones that worry about our employers laying us off. WE are the ones worried about losing our homes.
We understand that the economy is tough right now. Much more so than them!
This is MY opinion, and I am hoping to get as many people as humanly possible to back me on this. This is not about who someone's favorite team is, or how good or bad they are.
There is something that every one of us have in common. We love the game of football.
We love it so much more than any other sport, we have proven it to you all.
NFL Draft vs NBA Playoffs? The NFL Draft switched to the three day formula, and put its first round against the NBA Playoffs. Who won? The NFL Draft did! And it wasn't even close.
NFL vs MLB World Series? In 2010, for the first time ever, the NFL played a game at the same time as the World Series. The Pittsburgh Steelers played the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night, against Game 4 of the World Series. Who won? Again, the NFL, and again, it wasn't even close.
Look, NFL / NFLPA. We, the fans, that have supported you all from the beginning, have tried everything in our power to convince you that you need to come to a resolution on this mess, and do it now! We have made you THE most powerful sport in all of America.
Reality is, I am sure that by this point, you are not going to be able to solve this problem by the deadline of Friday, March 4th. We will be realistic about this.
We will give you until the NFL Draft.
If, by the time the NFL Draft starts, you have not found a way to work this out, regardless of you working this out or not, we will NOT watch football in 2011.
That is right, If you don't work out a new CBA by the time the NFL Draft starts, we are done.
We will not go to the games, we will not buy the Sunday Ticket. We will not watch on free TV. We will not purchase hats or jerseys (or any of the other stuff we spend fortunes on every year). We will not support your advertisers.
WE ARE DONE!
We understand in your world, you have issues that need to be addressed, but so do the rest of us. Football is our escape. It is what we look forward to more than any other sport. We have made the NFL America's Past Time.
If you choose to battle amongst each other and use US as pawns in your game, then you are going to have to find some new pawns.
I am asking everyone here to help me get this message out. If everyone gives me a "LIKE" vote, and leaves a comment stating that you are with me, then passes this on to everyone they know, and have them do the same thing, maybe, JUST MAYBE, we can get someone in the league office to take notice that WE, the fans of the NFL, are sick of this.
If they can't find a way to make it work, maybe WE can force them to make it work.