by Jeremiah Tittle
Today in lockout news, we are provided two different, but not necessarily conflicting perspectives on the future of NFL labor negotiations. We at SportsFans.org are indeed encouraged by Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams’ guarantee: “We’ll be playing football this year. I’ll tell you that for sure.” It is great to hear and it’s what we’ve been asking for, but another member of the old guard has presented a disturbing warning that prevents us from planning the celebratory parade just yet.
3-time Super Bowl winning head coach Joe Gibbs took a few moments out of his hectic NASCAR schedule at Joe Gibbs Racing to weigh in on the impact a prolonged lockout would have on the sport. The 70 year-old hall of famer knows the business of the NFL depends on the fans’ trust, and at this moment, the relationship is in real jeopardy.
“There’s too much at stake…They may miss a few preseason games, but I think they’ll get this done…”
It’s one of those moments where you feel like there may be a light at the end of the tunnel, but underneath any optimism there is that persistent realistic sense that despite what these older, amiable figures in the sport might say, sports fans can’t believe it until we see it.
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Jeremiah Tittle is the Managing Editor of SportsFans.org. He graduated from the University of Maryland. He is a fan of the Terps, the football team in the Washington, D.C. area, the Wizards, Manchester United, and Napoli.
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