Pro Football: NFL lockout ends: Players and owners come to their senses

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Now that the NFL lockout is over and the entire 2011 regular season has been saved, I can safely write this column. I was fairly certain both sides would see the light and come to an agreement prior to the start of the season.

They had to. There was way too much money at stake not to. A settlement was a must. Someone much wiser than I pointed out that these are multi-millionaires arguing over who’s going to get more millions. The numbers of dollars involved are staggering and probably incomprehensible to the majority of fans across the country.

I did not take one side over the other during this so-called dispute. I, like most other professional football fans, didn’t really give a rip about who was right and who was wrong. I feel safe in saying all we as fans really care about is watching our favorite teams play America’s real pastime when September rolls around. Yes, we are ready for some football!

Between the stadium revenue, including ticket prices, souvenirs, concessions, parking, the merchandising, product sponsorships and the television revenue, there has to be plenty of cash at the end of the year to make ends meet. I’m sure both sides get more than their fair share. I’m also certain there’s even enough left over to purchase a new football or two and maybe even some new uniforms.

The NFL has to be one of the most successful business ventures in the country, if not the world. I don’t think it would be that far fetched to think that even if you own the least successful NFL franchise, you still are making a ton of dough. The owners and the players most certainly are making more money than 99.9 percent of the people sitting in the stands or watching the game at home on their big screens.

Thankfully, both sides came to their senses and realized they must keep the masses happy if they are to continue counting their cash each and every day. That has to be more fun than going to those pesky bargaining sessions, right?

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Aug. 3-9, 2011, issue

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