Player Solidarity Likely to be Tested as Lockout Continues

If the NFL lockout is still in place in August, it’s completely logical to believe there will be some kind of player revolt according to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News.

The owners can afford to think long-term, even though shutting down a $9.3 billion-a-year industry doesn’t help those making big mortgage payments on those big new stadiums. The players have short careers and have to think in the present. And any money they lose will not be made up.

One former player who is keeping a very close watch on the labor situation thinks the players have it in them to hold it together. But when asked what he thinks the player mindset will be on Aug. 1 if there is no deal.

“I think there will be increasing concern. To deny that is to deny the obvious,” he said. “I still think De (Smith) and his staff and the player reps have done enough in communicating why the players are in this position that they are in. They may have to do more as the time approaches

Will players making $10 million or more a year be able to pacify the players who rely on their checks to make ends meet? Until now, there’s been a handful of players calling for a resumption of negotiations, but there is not the player revolt that took place in 1982 and 1987 and crushed the strike.

Can the players force Smith back to the bargaining table? Will that uprising come? “I think the vast majority of the players will stick together,” the former player said.

But he says it will be inevitable that some players will start speaking out, just as some owners have become more chatty recently about the need to get a deal done. And with all the social media avenues to get a point across, he is concerned that even if a few speak out that it will appear that the “entire 1,800 will pack up the tent and call it a day,” when that won’t be the case. “The squeaky wheel gets a lot of oil,” he said.

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