First of all, it's a lockout, not a strike. The NFL Players Association has said repeatedly that they will play under the existing contract until a new agreement is reached. Amazingly, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says that this proves there needs to be a lockout. Goodell wrote, "The union has repeatedly said that it hasn't asked for anything more and literally wants to continue playing under the existing agreement. That clearly indicates the deal has moved too far in favor of one side." Keep in mind, this is a league coming off its most successful season in history. But for the owners it's not enough. They want massive wage cuts and an extension of the season to eighteen games. If they don't get it and if there is no extension, they will be locking the doors by midnight.
A March lockout might mean little to fans, but for players it constitutes a threat to their very health. An off-season lockout means that they will have no access to team trainers, doctors, or physical therapists. Remember, this is a league with a 100 percent injury rate. A March lockout also means that healthcare for players and their families is officially cut off. One player's wife had her pregnancy induced last week so it would be covered by the NFL's health plan....
Lastly, calling this "billionaires vs. millionaires" is a ridiculous act of moral equivalency where none exists. Here's the reality. You have thirty-one of the richest people in the United States — people with generational wealth, people whose children's children will make Tucker Carlson look like Big Bill Haywood — going against a workforce with careers that last just 3.4 years. It's a workforce that draws almost exclusively from poorer socio-economic backgrounds. It's a workforce that will die more than twenty years earlier than the typical American male.
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