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Millions of people tune in every Sunday to watch the National Footbal League (NFL). Regular-season games averaged 17.9 million viewers, the biggest total since 1989. NFL games break television ratings weekly and the sport has never been more popular. Many people across the U.S. support their favorite teams by buying their favorite teams merchandise, buying tickets for the games, and watching them on television. It seems the NFL just keeps on getting bigger. Now there is talk that there might not be a 2011 season, and there is only one question on all the fans minds, “WHY?”. The NFL owners can not come to agreement with the players and the union representing them on the collective bargaining. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary collective bargaining is a negotiation between an employer and a labor union usually on wages, hours, and working conditions. The NFL and the NFL players’ Association are currently in negotiations to resolve their differences over the collective bargaining. The NFL’s collective bargaining expires on March 4th of 2011. If these two parties don’t come to agreement it will cause the lockout and no 2011 football season. The first issue of the bargaining is money. The NFL approximately makes $9 billion in revenues annually, and there is a massive disagreement on how the money should be dispersed. Out of the $9 billion $1billion is shaved off the top and given to the owners. With the $8 billion left, 51% of it is given to the players. The owners are trying to negotiate for another $1 billion to be given to them making it a total of $2 billion annually. This would make the NFL players have to take an estimated $340,000 pay cut in order to save the NFL.
Another issue is the leagues proposal of extending the regular season from 16 to 18 games. It would change the last two pre-season games to regular season games. The players are strongly…...

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