Analyst: NFL players stand to lose plenty if lockout happens
Some folks are wondering whether the Super Bowl will be the last NFL game in 2011.
February 7th, 2011
05:48 PM ET

Analyst: NFL players stand to lose plenty if lockout happens

The contract between NFL owners and the players' union is set to expire March 3. Many people are asking whether Sunday's Super Bowl will be the last NFL game played in 2011. What is at stake for the players, the owners and the fans?

Rick Horrow, a sports business analyst, attorney and professor, says the NFL has never been stronger.

"If you don’t believe me," Horrow said, "take a look at the Super Bowl. Astronomical ratings."

If a lockout or walkout happens on March 4, the players stand to lose not only salary and health benefits, but also a good chunk of their playing careers, according to Horrow. The average NFL player's career is between three and four years.

"You can’t get that back," Horrow said.

For the owners, things are not that tough.

"The owners ... get one year of television payments, which they negotiated in good faith," Horrow said. "That, by the way, is $4 billion."

The fan should know that if a lockout does happen March 4, the 2011 season still could be saved. Owners and the players' union still will have the spring and summer to get a deal done, Horrow said.

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  1. COL. BAT GUANO

    I told you they were shutting down the NFL.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    it's all waterboy's moms fault.. she hates the fooseball..

    February 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    True, she hates it.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    "I am not an animal! I am a human being!" So, what movie???

    February 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      not sure but sounds familiar..

      February 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      I'm shocked. A world with out football. Dam. They make more than a lot of movie stars. When do they go on strike.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    how about... "i no-longer need human food"

    February 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jon S.

    A bunch of spoiled athletes fighting with a bunch of really rich owners – exactly who is supposed to care about any of them? No season? No problem.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    @Cesar:
    "The Elephant Man"

    February 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    @RUFFNUTT:

    "Chimps Gone Wild 14".

    Really. I saw it on Animal Planet, although it was kinda loosely translated...

    February 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @banasy, hey! You know your movies. That man John Mav??? was something. Very interesting man. Banasy, I read your post saying hi to Cesar. That is another guy. Just to let you know.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    Jon S-I was going to play a violin for the poor rich players, but they make more in one year (millions) than I will in my life time.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    "You spin your little web, and you think the whole world revolves around you. Well it doesn't Mr. Potter." Which movie?

    February 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    "Harry Potter and the...?" Don't know which one, but I'll bet Snape said it!

    February 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Or, "It's A Wonderful Life"(?) Tell me.....

    February 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    Banasy right. Will you please give me a movie quote. You got RuffNutt's when I couldn't. Just, not too difficult please. Also, did you make a mental note about the other Cesar?

    February 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    actally it was from 'howard the duck'..

    February 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
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