NFL: The Looming Lockout and What It Means To the Fans

Josh McCainSenior Writer IMarch 11, 2011

WASHINGTON - MARCH 10:  DeMaurice Smith, NFL Players Association Executive Director, arrives at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 10, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) continue to negotiate a labor dispute during a 7 day extension of talks.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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As we approach the new extended deadline for the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) I fall under the pessimistic side of things and believe that nothing will happen and the lock-out will begin.

Like what happened with the Major League Baseball strike in the 90's and the NHL lock-out a few years ago people have begun questioning whether or not the fans will come back to the sport immediately after the lock-out ends.

I think there is no doubt that the ratings for the first NFL game of the the 2011 season will have it's usual high ratings, and I will be amongst those watching, because I will be a fan long after the current players retire and given the age of some owners I'll be a fan long after they've past their teams on.

However, one thing I will not do for the 2011 season (and possibly beyond) is directly give any of my money to the NFL or NFLPA.

That means I will not attend any NFL games, buy any new gear, or even (gasp) buy the new Madden video game.

Sure my revenue dollars alone aren't going to hurt the NFL and I'm not going to be one to try and start some sort of anti-NFL merchandise movement.

I'll simply find new avenues to spend my money. 

Now that Clinton Portis and Santana Moss have been released by the Washington Redskins I'd normally think about getting a new jersey or two, maybe Chris Cooley or Brian Orakpo.  However, with this looming lock-out I might take those jersey dollars over to the Capitals or Nationals.

The point being, like many of you I work my butt off every week to provide for my family. 

I know football is a dangerous game, but it's also very profitable.  So the fact that millionaires and billionaires are bickering over how to spend our money just rubs me the wrong way.

So after the lock-out is over I will be eagerly awaiting the first Redskins' game of the season, but this year and maybe years to come I won't directly spend money on my beloved Redskins.