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Op-Ed: NFL Football in 2011

By Michael Bearak     Mar 16, 2011 in Sports
Fans of professional football are now fearing that the only football they are going to see in 2011 was when the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl back in February. We will see the National Football League this fall.
There are a number of reasons why we fans of the National football League will see football this fall. Professional Football is a business, not just for the league and owners but also for the players. The players get older with each passing month, the loss of a season is just going to cut their careers shorter, not to mention the rust will be that much harder to shake off from an extended layoff.
The first reason that football will be back is because they are the top ranked sport in the United States. This is a position that was not easily attained and they jumped over baseball as America's sport. The reason football jumped baseball is because Major League Baseball went on strike and they lost their foothold with the American people. So when the NFL surpassed MLB the reason for the increased popularity has never been lost on NFL. A strike now will result in either basketball or baseball passing them by.
The second reason why the lockout will end is because the owners look horrible to the fans in a depressed economy then losing the season after raising seat prices last season with the possibly coming back and raising prices again when the lockout is over. Owners can not be forced to look worse over the lockout and expect to fill their stadiums. The general public will find other ways to spend their limited recreation dollars.
A third reason why there will be no lockout is because football had a shortened season in 1982 and then a lockout in 1987. The NFL learned lessons from both the shortened season and the lockout and they are not going to repeat previous mistakes and allow it to interfere with the upcoming season.
Ever since taking over as commissioner Roger Goodell has worked hard to clean-up the league. He has worked to protect the players and to clean up the behavior of the players. Roger Goodell has had to handle Michael Vick and Adam "Pac-Man" Jones to just name a few of the issues he has had to handle. In the end he has worked very hard to clean-up the league and avoid the image of the NFL being full of thugs.
In the end professional football is big business, it is huge business and you don't rock that boat. Every season the NFL grows in popularity which is something they don't want to stop progress and the Commissioner is fully aware of this fact.
A change doesn't happen over night, but a lockout and a loss of any part of the season is going to destroy everything the NFL has accomplished. Is it possible that all parties involved are greedy and money hungry? It is possible, but losing time will only highlight that feeling. The NFL was worked too hard to get to where they are today and they aren't about to lose what they have accomplished, so there will be football in the fall.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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