NFL Lockout: 5 Biggest Obstacles to a Deal Getting Done

Kevin TrahanAnalyst IJuly 1, 2011

NFL Lockout: 5 Biggest Obstacles to a Deal Getting Done

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    As the NBA lockout begins, the NFL lockout continues to linger.

    Even with the fall quickly approaching, both the players and the owners have not been able to find a solution.

    There have been reports that the tensions are easing, but those reports are typically followed by another report that says no progress has been made.

    Check out the five biggest obstacles to getting a deal done.


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    While neither side will admit it, pride may be the biggest reason for the lingering NFL lockout.

    Neither side wants to give in, and therefore show its weakness.

    When you're dealing with millionaires, neither side is willing to give up. Both want more money and both want to prove that they are more powerful. Sadly, that could end up ruining the season for the fans.


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    Ultimately, the NFL is a business. And like everything else in the business, money drives everything.

    The players want more money, and the owners don't want to give it to them. It's that simple.

    The owners claim that they need a longer season in order to make more money, but the players don't want one.

    In the end, money will be the deciding factor

18-Game Season

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    One of the main negotiations during the lockout is whether the NFL should have an 18-game season.

    The owners want to extend the season to bring in more revenue, but the players would rather keep the season at 16 games in order to minimize injuries.

    Both sides have a point--the fans would love two more games and it would be a money maker, but the physical toll of an 18-game season could be brutal.

    Ultimately, this debate could be what holds up the lockout the longest.

Salary Cap

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    The salary cap protects the owners in that the salaries they pay their players don't continue to rise astronomically. It's also good for competition in that one team can't go out and buy a powerhouse (i.e. the Miami Heat).

    However, the players want more money and would like the salary cap to increase. The owners don't want to pay that much.

    Look for this to be an issue that carries on through the final day of the lockout.

Revenue Sharing

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    In yet another issue dealing with money, revenue sharing is a major reason for the continuation of the NFL Lockout.

    The players want more money from the league than the league is willing to give them.

    Again, expect this to delay the lockout even longer.