The Owners Have Lost

This NFL labor situation is going to drag out as seemingly every legal tactic and strategy is explored and played out.

Bottom line is this … the NFL owners have lost. They torpedoed any chance they had when they took the calculated step of negotiating lockout insurance with the TV networks three years ago.

At a point when they were supposed to be striving for the best TV deal possible, when they should have been negotiating in the best interest of the league and the players, they took less from the networks so that they would have money coming in if (when) there was a labor stoppage.

They were planning for a labor stoppage. They were making contingencies for a break in their income stream.

This might be good business. But it's bad faith.

They weren't operating in the best interest of the players. They weren't operating in the best interest of the fans.

They were operating in their own best interest. They were creating a cushion for themselves so that they would have cash coming in this fall even if there was no football.

No amount of legal maneuvering can overcome this. The players are not saints. There are legitimate issues that can be negotiated.

But the owners have lost.