Excerpt: In one ruling, the judge potentially locked the owners out of more than $4 billion in broadcast rights fees that would be paid even if no games are played, and at the very least will assign damages – potentially in the hundreds of millions – to the players. But, it’s larger than just that. They say you are only as strong as your weakest link. Your ability to sustain the center dictates how much pressure a group can withstand. Several of the NFL’s clubs have considerable stadium debt service obligations, so banking on that $4 billion made thought of a lockout at least somewhat palatable.