The President of the United States has offered his opinion of the situation today, and it seems very similar to that of the rest of the fans of the game.
The following quotes, courtesy of Adam Caplan of Fox Sports, are President Obama speaking about the CBA.
“You’ve got owners, most of whom are worth close to $1 billion. You’ve got players who are making millions of dollars. My working assumption at a time when people are having to cut back, compromise and worry about making the mortgage and paying for their kids’ college education is that the two parties should be able to work it out without the President of the United States intervening.
“I’m a big football fan, but I also think for an industry that is making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way and be true to their fans who are the ones who, obviously, allow for all of the money that they are making. My expectation and hope is that they will resolve it without me intervening because it turns out I have got a lot of other stuff to do.”
These quotes drive home the idea that the players and owners are fighting over more money then almost all of us will make in our lives.
I also agree that Obama should not be spending any time helping the two sides come together—there are actually more important things on his agenda than football.