Fans of the National Football League (NFL) let out a collective sigh of relief Monday morning when the league’s 32 owners and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) announced a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
The accord, which ended a lockout by the owners that began on March 11, was agreed upon in time for teams to begin preseason training camp and start the regular season on the originally scheduled date of Sept. 8.
With the exception of the traditional Hall of Fame game that kicks off the preseason, the NFL solved its labor crisis without sacrificing any other games or practice time.
To the millions of American males who rely on the NFL for entertainment each Sunday from September through January, the news of the lockout’s demise was a joyous occasion to celebrate vigorously.
That information, however, was not taken with as much excitement for wives and girlfriends whose lives without football – for even small portions of the 2011-12 season – would have been extremely different.
Ladies, could you have imagined your lives without the NFL for a given weekend?
You could actually run to Target with your “better half” on Sunday and not have to listen to him say, “Hurry up, Hon! Kickoff is in 45 minutes and I am having trouble using my phone to make my lineup changes to my fantasy team.”
Or how about eating Sunday lunch with him at Applebee’s, and in the middle of your explanation about why your sister and mother aren’t talking to each other, he jumps out of his seat to yell furiously at the television behind you because DeSean Jackson just dropped what would have been an easy touchdown pass?
Ahh – It would have been awesome for you girls.
So be sure when the next labor deal is up in 2021, you ladies pray and hope for a major labor impasse and disharmony between the owners and the NFLPA, because if they save another football season, wives and girlfriends will be the big losers yet again.
This post was written by Michael O’Brien, to read more check out A Father Knows Less.