What can you say? The NFL Lockout sucks. It has been an endless cycle of litigation and mediation, which has now been delayed again until a June 3rd hearing. It is becoming more of a reality with each passing day that part of training camp and probably even the regular season will be lost, which is a damn tragedy. The NFL was so popular last year that it could have put the Cardinals and Panthers in prime-time against a championship game in another major sport and destroyed it in the ratings. Unfortunately, greed and money have a way of ruining even the best of things.
Here at Turn On The Jets, we will keep writing as if there will be a 2011 season and will never run out of the topics to discuss on this team, even if I am forced to break down the battle for the third tight end spot or write a feature length story on long snapper Tanner Purdum’s background.
Regardless, here are a few ways for Jets fans to pass the time while we wait for this lockout to finally come to an end —
- Read Rex Ryan’s book
A quick, easy, and entertaining read for any Jets fan. There is no shortage of smack and snack talk.
- Channel your Dolphins hate to the Heat
Let’s go Bulls!
- Remember how foolish you are capable of acting when you are rooting for the Jets
- Join a touch football or softball league
TOJ at Gunaxin with suggestions on how certain NFL players should spend their time during the lockout.
Everybody out there who is a fan of the NFL has obviously been dismayed by the events of the previous few days. A decertification. A lockout. An April 6th court hearing. A hopeful injunction on that date. A request for players to boycott the draft. Plenty of uncertainty on how the 2011 NFL season is going to shape up, in terms of free agency, off-season workouts, and scariest of all, missed games.
I can’t sit here and claim to know the ins and outs of this legal situation, especially as it keeps evolving. Similar to most of you, I have followed the case the best I could from the various mainstream media sources and similar to all of you, I am disgusted and disappointed.
How can a league which is thoroughly dominating every sport in this county in every way possible and that has never been more popular, go and mess it up?
My sympathy lies more with the players than it does with the owners but that doesn’t mean both sides haven’t made mistakes. The petty back and forth through the media hasn’t helped the situation, and the foolish suggestion by the NFLPA for incoming rookies to boycott the draft is a shame.
All I know is that I want a NFL off-season back as soon as possible, which from my understanding means rooting for injunction on April 6th.
I am going to keep covering the New York Jets and the NFL under the assumption that at some point in 2011 there will be football games. There is going to be plenty of hypotheticals considering we don’t know yet how free agency and trades will be handled. I will keep commenting on the labor negotiations when applicable and always link the most updated information on our Facebook and Twitter account, but for the most part I will keep writing about the actual game of football, not injunctions, decertifications, or other legal topics.
The 12 pack is back with a very special Decertification Edition
We are actually going to take a slightly different approach today with the 12 things TOJ will miss the most about the New York Jets if there is an extended lockout/legal battles/whatever is about to happen with these CBA negotiations, in no particular order…
1. Rex Quotes – My favorite television shows of all-time are Lost, The Wire, The Sopranos, and…Rex Ryan’s Press Conference. The first three are already off the air, and now I have to deal with the fourth going away? I don’t know about you but I will miss a Super Bowl guarantee every other day, excessive praise for Jets players, and of course wigs.
2. Game Ending Heroics —
3. Bizarre Breakfasts – How many random mornings were made more entertaining by a bizarre Jets headline this past year? Who is making foot fetish videos? Who is sleeping with a 17 year old? Who has cursed out Tom Brady on the front of the Daily News? Now we have to read about legal proceedings every morning…
4. Waiting for another interview like this
5. Bashing Schotty – If there is no games, there is no reason to write five paragraphs trying to explain why Brian Schottenheimer called a reverse to Jerricho Cotchery on 2nd and 1 that went for a 9 yard loss.
6. The LT Glide
7. The Progress – The last two years have been major steps in the right direction for the New York Jets organization. It would figure that when they are on the precipice of being a Super Bowl team this type of legal mess would occur.
8. The Smack Talk – You can’t run your mouths to Patriots fans if the two teams aren’t playing and you can’t run your mouths to Giants fans if Eli Manning isn’t throwing four interceptions every game because he isn’t on the field.
9. Eating A Goddamn Snack
10. Free Agency Madness – This time of the year is usually reserved for constant refreshing of the computer to see what big name the Jets have signed or traded for.
11. Talking Football With All Of You, Not Legal Matters – Debating, yelling, arguing, cursing with all of you about the Jets and the NFL is a hell of a lot more fun that talking about decertification and appeal courts.
12. Just a sad day for all us NFL fans.
I wish I had a better understanding of all the ins and outs of the issues at stake in the current labor negotiations. Fortunately, my good friend at Pro Football NYC John Fennelly put together this fact sheet, which breaks down everything in a concise manner —
Make sure you give John a follow on Twitter (@John_Fennelly) and follow Pro Football NYC on Facebook and Twitter (@ProFootballNYC)
All of the following is from Fennelly —
$9,000,000,000 billion in annual revenue
Owners get $1,000,000,000 billion ($31,250,000 million per team) off the top
Players Currently Get = $4,800,000,000 billion ($1,900,000 million per player – 2,500 active players)
Current Remaining Revenue = $2,200,000,000 billion (this likely goes to the league for operating expenses and salaries)
NFL & Owners Want
18 game season
Rookie Wage Scale
NFL & Owners Propose Additional Cut for Operating Costs = $1,000,000,000 billion ($31, 250,000 million per team)
NFL & Owners Proposes Player Reduction to = $4,200,000,000 billion or $1,680,000 million per player (total of 2,500 active players)
NFL & Owners Propose Increase to $2,800,000,000 billion
No 18 Game Season
Increased chance of injuries (Current average number of players on Injured Reserved each season is 20%)
Reduction of Average Career from 3.3 years to 2.8 years
Average player will not achieve Free Agency (Player is eligible for Free Agency after 3 years)
Decrease in Health Care – Players eligible for post career health care after 3 years in the league
Potential Lost Revenue to NFL and Teams if there is a Work Stoppage
Revenue lost as of March 4th = $120,000,000 million
Revenue lost as of August = $350,000,000 million
Revenue lost as of September = $1,000,000,000 billion
Revenue per lost game for the season = $400,000,000 million
Total Potential Revenues Lost
$6.8 Billion Dollars
$4.2 Billion Dollars