I wasn’t necessarily rooting for the season to be wiped out, as I have always been a huge football fan, but I do hope that they suffer for all of this foolishness. The NFL has long been been one of the best businesses in terms of doing what they do successfully, and no one was losing money before the lockout. Not only that, but the past decade and a half has seen strikes/lockouts in all of the other major sports which caused immeasurable damage to their reputation and products.
While we don’t know all of the behind-the-scenes deals, it seems amazing that they all knew, more than a year in advance, that the upcoming CBA issue would be contentious and potentially damaging, and they couldn’t get something worked out sooner. No matter who is at fault, it makes everyone look greedy and foolish.
I hope they get something worked out and get back to business, not just for the sake of the fans but also for the sake of the other tangential businesses that rely on the NFL to operate, but I also hope that the league and players feel the hurt for not figuring this out sooner.