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Two recent posts on NFLLockout.com (here and here) have examined the economic impact the NFL’s lockout has on constituent groups beyond just players and owners. Businesses that depend on the NFL are rightfully concerned about America’s favorite sport—and whether it will be saved.
Buffalo Wild Wings, which launched a “Save Our Season” petition containing nearly 17,000 signatures, wants NFL owners and players to come to an agreement soon. It has written an open letter to both sides, urging them to have a deal by July 20—one month from today.
The popular restaurant chain has even promised free wings to each signer of the petition if the parties come to an agreement and return to football by July 20.
As estimated by The Sports Networker, approximately 1.25 billion wings were eaten on Super Bowl Sunday this year, amounting to nearly $250 million.
Count Buffalo Wild Wings among the many voices that want to see the lockout lifted, and players return to the field.
The economic impact of the NFL’s lockout is far-reaching, with many groups being affected: individual cities, small businesses, stadium workers, staff, local hotels, restaurants, seasonal jobs, taxpayers and more—in short, anyone associated with the game. In addition, many industries depend on the NFL season such as sports betting, sports bars, food industries, video games and fantasy football. These are some of the businesses that will be the hardest hit if the lockout interrupts the 2011 season.
An infographic posted on The Sports Networker examines the wide impact and points to many interesting figures fans might not know.
For example, did you know that $400 million in gate receipts may be lost per week during the regular season? Or that 3,000 jobs could be lost in each NFL city if the lockout continues? How about that 28 of the 31 NFL stadiums were built thanks to public funding, and 11 of them were 100 percent publicly funded?
Go here to view the entire infographic. (With the hovering magnifying glass, click on the image to see the full-sized version.)
Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Christian Okoye wrote an op-ed published Sunday in the Kansas City Star.
In his guest piece, titled “Don’t Deny the Fans Football,” Okoye cites league history showing that “the owners don’t have to shut down football.”
Okoye writes, “One of the most popular tailgates happens at Arrowhead Stadium and many people make their livelihood during that time. We also have to think about those that travel from neighboring cities to attend Chiefs games and the revenue they bring with them. The ordinary fan that simply looks forward to Sunday games may look less on the game and those who are involved in it.”
To read Okoye’s entire op-ed in the Kansas City Star, click here.
Groups of players all around the country have been gathering on their own to work out together, doing what they can to keep themselves in shape and ready for when the owners’ lockout is lifted.
A recent poll points to fans placing more blame on owners than on players for the league’s labor unrest.
In a Boston-based poll containing 1,070 responders, 32 percent of them blamed the owners for the lockout. Nineteen percent placed the blame at the feet of the players, while 30 percent were undecided.
For more details about this poll, read a story in the Boston Herald here.
NFL Lockout Petition
- BOSTON GLOBE | Game day jitters
- KANSAS CITY STAR | Christian Okoye: Don’t deny the fans football
- NBC SPORTS | Goodell tells fans lockout is for them, too
- INDYSTAR | NFL considering 8-game regular season if lockout lingers?
- ESPN | Faces of lockout: Jets' seafood star
- INDY STAR - Held in limbo by NFL owners' fight for more money
- YAHOO SPORTS! - Undrafted players left just waiting around
- BUFFALO NEWS | NFL should end lockout while negotiations continue
- YAHOO! SPORTS | Players’ battle with owners not a lost cause
- FORBES | NFLPA Memo Details Chronology Of CBA Negotiations Over Past Four Years
- BOSTON HERALD | Poll: Owners ones to blame
- CHICAGO BREAKING SPORTS | Lance Briggs on workout bonus, lockout
- SPORTS ILLUSTRATED | Doty Leaves NFL, Players Waiting for Awarding of Damages in TV Case
- SEATTLE TIMES | Owners' greed is at the heart of the NFL lockout
- WASHINGTON POST | NFL owners are wrong, and don’t get it
- Associated Press | Return of lockout punctuates wild week in NFL
- USA TODAY | Scott Fujita: Credit DeMaurice Smith for helping to save NFL in 2011
- JOE POSNANSKI | Goodell to the Last Drop
- USA TODAY | Tom Brady: Putting name on suit is being 'part of the solution'
- ESPN | Judge's NFL lockout rulings: impressive
- YAHOO! SPORTS | Personalized training valuable during lockout
- CHRON | The most painful NFL labor update you will ever see
- NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST | NFLPA reacts to NFL Press Release
- WASHINGTON POST | For the lucky 32, the NFL is a league of their own
- CHARLOTTE OBSERVER | NFL lockout would be a home-field disadvantage
- ESPN | Federal judge rules NFL violated deal
- SPORTS ILLUSTRATED | Federal judge sides with players union in TV revenue dispute
- WASHINGTON POST | NFL owners should open their books to players
- SPORTS ILLUSTRATED | Ruling in TV revenues hearing may hold key to NFL labor dispute
- BOSTON HERALD | Fab Four of agents come out in support of DeMaurice Smith and players union
- BOSTON HERALD | NFL owner’s scorn bodes ill
- HUFFINGTON POST | NFL Lockout Would Slash Small Business Profits
- WASHINGTON POST | After a bloated Super Bowl in Dallas, it's time to rein in big game
- NEW YORK TIMES | What’s at Stake in the N.F.L. Labor Talks
- NEW YORK TIMES | For N.F.L., Lockout Would Be a Risky Strategy
- AMERICAN RIGHTS AT WORK | It all started with clean socks and jocks
- ESQUIRE | The NFL Lockout's Health-Care Data, Revealed
- TIME | Game Over: Should the NFL Show Players the Money?
- NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION | Top 10 CBA Articles During Super Bowl Week
- Forbes | More Numbers Show Labor Issue in NFL Far From Cut and Dry
- SB Nation | NFL Lockout Awareness At Center Of NFLPA's 'Let Us Play' Campaign
- Fox Business News on NFLPA Capitol Hill Day (1-19-11)
- Sports Business Digest | The NFLPA gets fans involved with #LETUSPLAY Day
- Awful: Roger Goodell Asks Fans to Side Against NFL Players
- Rep Shaun O'Hara prepares for lockout
- NFL Players Whistle Goldman in Labor Dispute
- The scorched earth of an NFL-less life
- Union: Talks have sense of urgency
- Why Did CBS Cut Jerry Jones' 60 Minutes Comments on the NFL Lockout?
- Reporter’s Notebook: Legislators home in on NFL-players labor skirmish
- CBS News (60 Minutes) | Jerry Jones: Will There Be an NFL Lockout?
- CBS News (60 Minutes) | Jerry Jones: Will There Be an NFL Lockout?
- The Columbus Dispatch | Gov. Strickland Asks NFL, Players to Strike a Deal
- Philadelphia Daily | News Disposable NFL players deserve their income
- ESPN | NFL, Players Can’t Agree On Impact
- Business Insider | Players Union Uses NFL's Own Numbers Against It in Labor Fight
- FanHouse | NFL Issues Ticket-Refund Policy in Case of 2011 Lockout
- WLUK-TV, FOX 11, Green Bay: NFLPA Reaches out to Political Leaders
- ArrowheadPride.com, Kansas City: NFLPA Sends Letters To Gov. Nixon, Mayor Funkhouser Regarding NFL Lockout
- Pittsburgh Post Gazette: NFL union: City revenue may shrink
- POLITICO: NFL union warns cities, states of lockout
- NFLPA's George Atallah on 106.7 the Fan Sports Junkies
- MSNBC l The Number One Problem Is The Books Are Closed
- USA TODAY l Kevin Mawae's Last NFL Fight: Keeping Players United in Labor
- WASHINGTON POST l Players Waging Battle Against Lockout Island
- STAR TRIBUNE l NFLPA Head: A Lockout Of This Game Is A Lockout Of America
- ESPN l Union: Health Care Would Stop In March
- CHARLOTTE OBSERVER l Panthers’ Kasay Gears Up For Possible Lockout