NFL Lockout for Dummies: Explaining the NFL Labor Dispute in Layman’s Terms

February 12, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Now that the Super Bowl is over and the Green Bay Packers have been crowned NFL champions, it is time for the owners and players to meet and rehash the collective bargaining agreement in hopes of avoiding a lockout next season. 
The average football fan could never even begin to fathom the amount of painstaking discussion and calculation done to produce a multi-billion dollar agreement to keep together the most profitable sports league in the world.  So what is the big issue, why can’t the owners and players agree to an agreement and avoid the most costly lockout since the NHL lockout in 2004-2005?
The main dispute over the newly proposed bargaining agreement centers around the amount of money that the owners want to take as “credit” from the revenue pool.  In the previous agreement, the owners took $1 billion from the pool of approximately $9 billion, but now they are trying to increase that number to $2.4 billion, citing “the economic ...

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