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Football fans say NFL-player dispute not in their best interest

4 years ago March 11, 2011 Mar 11, 2011 Friday, March 11 2011 Friday, March 11, 2011 9:22:16 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE-  Labor talks broke down today in the fight between the NFL and players.

The players' union de-certified which could lead to the first pro-football work stoppage in 23 years.

Players want a portion of a huge amount of money the NFL got for TV rights.  Football is a $9 billion business and the stars want more of the pie.

If an agreement isn't reached by the start of the season, Sundays could be a lot different.

Fans we talked to are prepared to make a change this fall, but some say they may walk away from the game completely, if the game, as it is, goes away.

"It's billionaires fighting with millionaires and it feels like they could care less about the fans," said Michael Pizzolato.

With talk of there not being a 2011 season, fans are trying to figure out what to do with their Sundays.

"If I can't watch the NFL, I'll watch college and I don't care if it's PAC 10, MAC, USA, it doesn't matter to me, I'm gonna watch football," said Andy McGinty.

Some are even open to Sundays with replacement players.

Pizzolato said, "It's football, I'm a big football fan and even bad football is better than no football."

But college players with their eye on a career in the NFL soon say they're not worried about what to do with post-college Sundays.. yet.

LSU Senior Quarterback Jarrett Lee said, "I enjoy watching the NFL, but as far as what's going on there I haven't really looked into that at all, I'm just looking forward to this fall and just getting better this spring."

"It doesn't have any effect on what we have going on here, everyone has a one-track mind and we want a championship, as far as 2011, that's where out mind-set is," said LSU Senior Linebacker Ryan Baker.

Ten players have already sued team owners in federal court, including Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.

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