The players: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith

To answer the question honestly, I don’t know.

In fact, I’d probably say I doubt it.

NFL owners seem intent on locking out the players prior to next season if they don’t get what they want in a new collective bargaining agreement. What that potentially means for you and I is no NFL games to watch.

There are several issues at stake. The two most notable are, the owners want a reduction in player salaries to offset rising stadium costs and they want to increase the regular season schedule to 18 games. The players are in favor of neither.

Expanded drug testing and a rookie wage scale are also being pushed by the owners.

In other words, negotiations are going to get more contentious than they already are.

The current agreement between the players and owners ends in March of 2011. If a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached by then, a lockout is expected.

So, back to my initial question. Can you help block the lockout?

While I highly doubt the owners care what you think of their business practices, you sure as hell can try. One way to do that is by signing the petition at NFLLockout.com.

This is a site maintained by the player’s union, so don’t go there looking for arguments for both sides. However, if you want to make your voice heard and you want to say a lockout is a stupid idea, then feel free to support the cause.

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