Ok, so there's a ton of confusion with the NFL labor situation, and a million people writing about it daily. I'm not ignorant on the basics of the dispute, but I really don't get understand how the current situation is good for football and its fans.
From what I understand, the NFLPA dissolved as a union as a tactic to counter the lockout. It also seems that the position of the lawsuit are fighting to keep from forming a union again, with a lot of free-market rhetoric getting tossed around.
What I don't understand is that if there is no CBA, where is the protection for the lower to mid tier players? And if there is none, why would they, who have a majority in numbers, agree to this? And how would this be good for football where competitive balance has seen the league grow so tremendously?
It's easy to summarize the whole ordeal as just greedy players vs. greedy owners, with greedy lawyers dragging the process out. But from what it looks like right now, it seems like a smooth play on the part of the elite athletes to get richer after the owners carelessly opened pandora's box because they feel the sting of the economy worse than the athletes. And throw in all the scrubs on the rosters who it seem have overlooked the importance of organizing their labor efforts.
Is that where football is really heading?