America without its two best sports leagues? This could happen, although the NFL lockout appears to be just about over. What should we expect if this becomes reality?
The northeast would push even harder for its baseball teams like the Yankees, Red Sox and Mets. Utility players would be discussed in length on New York sports talk instead of Eli Manning's erratic quarterback play from week to week. College football would be bigger wherever it already reigns as elite, which would be everywhere but the northeast. Shouldn't the players then be paid if they'd be carrying an entire sport?
Hockey could emerge as a greater option for those in the northeast, but it would primarily remain in Canada. Only 2.5 percent of Americans tuned in for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals for Gretzky's sake!
College basketball would still be avoided until March for good reason. Foreign basketball would remain overseas and not on U.S. television no matter how many NBA players decide to play elsewhere during the lockout.
Lesser football leagues still are not an option because they'd remind everyone of the better quality product that should be going on. Where will the United States turn to for their football fix? Rugby could be considered a similar game, but it is just that, a game. It's also too similar to soccer.
Expect more crime, as Ray Lewis thinks. Go against what he says at your own risk. Home Depot and Lowe's sales will spike due to the increase in yard work for unfortunate husbands. And most of all, expect more 12-packs out of depression instead of having them for the game on Sunday.