We all know that there is a strong possibility of a lockout following this coming football season. We all also see that we as the fans stand to lose the most out of this battle between millionaires and billionaires. But we who stand to lose the most, also feel like all we can do is watch, wait, and hope that the owners and players can come to an agreement.
But, we must stop and think about what is at stake, it is OUR money that they are fighting over...
So, what can we as fans do about this crisis? What can we do to make the owners and players realize that we will not accept a work stoppage? I propose a nationwide NFL merchandise boycott, or a fan's holdout if you will. Now, I don't have sales figures, but we all know that merchandise sales make up a significant portion of revenue. If fans could pull together EARLY, and completely hold out on buying NFL merchandise until a new CBA is reached, it will make a strong statement. A statement that we mean business. A statement that we'll take our money elsewhere if they are unable to work out their differences.
I'm not trying to be a pioneer or anything, I just get angry reading reports of how far the two sides are apart on negotiations, and how a lockout is imminent. So how do we organize millions of fans around the nation? How do we convince them to stop buying NFL merchandise? What better way to start than by posting a fanpost on the greatest SB nation blog, and see how insane it sounds to everyone else?
So, here goes...I officially announce that I am holding out on buying any NFL merchandise until a new CBA is reached. I am still a fan, I will still buy tickets, watch games on TV, and love my Chiefs; but I will not spend a cent on NFL merchandise. Who's with me??