I am in no way picking sides in this argument, only offering another point of view that people seem to be looking over. I'm very angry with the way things are going right now, just as angry as anyone else. I can't imagine having fall come around without having the NFL come with it, but when looking at this dispute over money, one should take the football aspect out of it.
When there is any kind of argument about large sums of money us common-folk could never dream of seeing, greed will always enter the picture. Being raised in a middle class household, a million dollar salary was never an achievable goal I set for myself growing up. It's almost unimaginable that these players and owners are cashing 7, 8, and even 9 figure checks being a poor college student as myself. But growing up middle class, I did learn that whatever I work hard for and whatever I invest my time and money into, I've earned it.
For example, let's take a look at the common small business owner. This is a tough comparison to an NFL owner for some because the sheer amounts of money are so vastly different, but the analogy works all the same. Let's say Bob in Middletown opened up his very own sports bar, something he's dreamed of doing his whole life, and by working hard his whole life, and maybe even with a little help from friends and family, he got the finances he needed to achieve the dream. Now, he has to compete with all the other bars in Middletown, and by doing so he has to hire the best employees to deliver the best service, and that doesn't come cheap. The employees know that their work is valuable, so they demand a decent salary. The customers LOVE coming to Bob's because the employees and the products they enjoy are fantastic. They become almost addicted, and he brings in people every week. Now, Bob decides he wants to go a different direction with his business, and the employees aren't sure that they like it, so they go on strike. The customers of the bar are extremely upset, and they know that the bar can't even function without their money. The employees know the bar can't function without their hard work. People may think that Bob is being greedy, but it was Bob's business to run in the first place, right?
Now I know this can't correlate directly with what's going on in the NFL right now, because there are many "Bobs" around the NFL who are working on a much larger scale. But can we put ourselves in the employees' shoes, then Bob's shoes? While this whole thing affects us as fans, it also affects the owners who have paid out of their own pockets to get this business running. It also affects the players who are presenting the product to us. Before we're so quick to jump on these people and assume that they're terrible, greedy, Capitalist pigs, we should remember that Bob down the street faces these same issues. It's American business, and while things could be going in a better direction, we need to remember that it is a BUSINESS.
And before anyone jumps on me for being wrong or misinformed, I prefer to be corrected than flamed.