After reading for a few months now about no progress being made in negotiations, I felt compelled to throw my 2 cents into all the talk. I have been a union member for about 4 years now, I pay all my dues and my employer covers my "benefits" i.e. retirement, insurance, vacation fund among a few other things. From my standpoint I deserve it and work for it, from my employers standpoint, they can't always afford it as they are already bending over backwards and trimming costs all over the place to try and find me and my co-workers jobs. I have been layed off for a few weeks at a time for the past three years, times are tough for everyone, rich or poor. I've heard some players complaining about losing their health insurance and retirement until they resolve the labor issues they have. Here is my question, are these guys kidding me? That is what happens to every employee in the United States when they don't work! I have already jumped ship on the MLB and NBA because of whiny athletes (employees) that think they deserve these things because of what they did a year ago. I am on the verge of jumping the NFL ship and that is a crying shame.
Here is my suggestion for the NFLPA, you need fans and the owners and the shareholders more than we need you. Without us, you are nothing, you would be digging ditches and working in an office just like the rest of the world.
Take what you can get from the owners and walk away with a big ol' shit eating grin on your face, because if you don't and decide to lock out, you will lose scores of fans that may never come back.