Nobody likes the NFL lockout. Not the owners, not the players, and especially not the fans.
At the same time, labor negotiations can be a necessary evil if they produce significant changes for the better.
Work stoppages in the past have given life to such major additions to the sports landscape as long-term contracts, salary caps, and even free agency.
The 2011 NFL lockout will be judged by what changes it produces in the game of football.
Here are the 5 changes that the owners and the players should be focusing on.