To little surprise, the end of the labor dispute has prompted NFL fans to rush back to the game with open arms.
According to Nate Davis of USA Today, sales on Ticketmaster’s NFL Ticket Exchange spiked 332 percent on Monday.
All measurements of popularity are certain to reach new heights in 2011, given that the lockout ultimately claimed only one preseason game — and given that the threat of a lost season will make many fans more inclined to embrace that which they feared they wouldn’t have.
Knowing that we won’t have to worry about lockout or stikes for 10 years was also a stroke of genius. Kudos to the players for realizing in the end that a full decade of labor peace made good sense for everyone.