On multiple occasions, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has said that, on a scale of one to 10, the potential for a lockout is 14. While the owners possibly have heeded that warning by taking full advantage of a season without a salary floor, the players possibly haven’t.
Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com takes a great look at the issue, pointing out accounts of a backup lineman buying three cars in two months, a quarterback buying his third home, and multiple players earning millions and swimming in debt.
Though some players, per Freeman, have been stockpiling money and/or selling off assets, a “significant number” aren’t. And that will serve only to help the league is a lockout comes.
Freeman cites unnamed sources in support of the notion that owners are expecting a six-game lockout. The players anticipate fewer games, but they are preparing for up to half of the season to be scuttled.
The situation has been looming for a couple of years, and though we’re trying to be optimistic it’s hard to imagine a deal being finalized by March 2011. After that, who knows what will happen?
Either way, the owners seem to be saving money by not spending nearly as much on players, and the players who will be getting less this year due to restricted spending would be very wise to start saving what they have.