Locked Out?

Tuesday March 15, 2011

It’s true, football fans. The NFL and the NFLPA (Players Association) could not reach an agreement for avoiding the lockout. The NFLPA filed for decertification this past Saturday, and the battle between owners and players get more disturbing as it progresses. Players say the owners are lying; owners say the players are selfish. The latest comments from a Pro-Bowler are disturbing on more levels than one.

Adrian Peterson said the owners are robbing the players of their jobs and lives. He also called the lockout predicament “modern-day slavery” in an interview on YahooSports.com. It seems Peterson’s quote will be taken out of context, but it could be the truth.

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Peterson has never been outspoken during his time as a running back for the Minnesota Vikings. Yet, the current NFL lockout has left him just as angry as all sides (the players, owners and fans). Peterson also stated players need to stand up to the owners, saying “Without us, there’s no football”. He believes an 18-game schedule is crazy. “I’m sure they want more entertainment and more revenue,” Peterson said. “But we’re not going to see a pinch of that, and it’s just the business we’re in.”

Owners have had a history of being called greedy. Tickets for the Giants and Jets, for example, show why owners are the bad guys in this situation. Their PSL plan raised tickets for their inaugural season in the New Giants Stadium. Meanwhile, fans questioned this move because two teams play in that arena. It didn’t make sense and almost foreshadowed the events that led to this lockout.

The players almost lost support during the first game of the 2010 season. Before the New Orleans Saints hosted the Minnesota Vikings, all players raised their hands pointing to the sky, stating they are united for players’ benefits. At first, it was a slap in the face to fans. Now, the roles are clear. The players are fighting for the fans and want them to understand why this lockout has happened. The owners are fighting for themselves while trying to win fan support. In the end, this situation will get worse before it gets better. More players will speak out, and owners will continue to lose money when their players refuse to show up come opening day.

Peterson’s comments could backfire in the players’ defense despite his true intentions. In order for the players to win, it’s important they maintain their unity and avoid making comments like Peterson’s. Here’s hoping the NFL and the NFLPA can work something out before the 2011 season starts.

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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