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All Hail, Football Returns!

Well, Sports 24 7 fans, we are finally at that point. You know, the point where we can stop talking about an NFL lockout (ok, well except for this one post) and start talking about the upcoming NFL season. The agreement has been signed, the season is on, and football fans have a season to look forward to. Of course, so much of the talk recently has been about the two sides, and if you are reading the latest sports headlines, it isn’t exactly clear who won and who lost.

Actually, there is one clear loser in the bunch: rookies and their agents. The salary cap on rookies might harsh a few buzzes, but it shouldn’t be too big of an issue on the larger scale.

There are those who say the owners have won because really, how could they not? They have been planning this for years and they had experienced litigators and negotaters on their side. They also had the ability to calmly sit the season out and wait for the deal they wanted. On the other hand, there are those who feel that the players have come out ahead. It may have been DeMaurice Smith’s first time leading the players through the process, but he turned out to be quick witted and powerful in the role. Players certainly will benefit from the lifelong insurance that a job in the NFL will provide them with as a result of these negotiations.

At the end of the day the NFL is one of the few industries that isn’t held back by a flagging economy and in going forward with the coming season, many stand to benefit. The lip service of the fans being the real winners in this situation is exactly that. It is lip service and fans can ignore it because it was never about them, it was always about the money.

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