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Just get along

March 31, 2011 - Mike McLain
The NFL is about three weeks into its lockout of players, and there seems no end to the labor issue is in sight.

In most cases like this, fans generally have sided with the owners. Fans look at athletes and see the amount of money they make and think they should be thankful.

This time it’s different. My gut feeling is that fans look at billionaire owners and think they’re asking for too much. Owners want a bigger piece of the financial pie and are asking players to extend the season from 16 to 18 games.

The first year that I covered the Browns on a regular basis was 1987. The players went on strike that season, which resulted in the use of replacement players for three games. I recall standing along Bagley Road by the Browns’ practice facility as players held out signs asking for support from people that were passing by. There were several honks from horns, but there weren’t as many as I thought there would have been.

No players are standing outside of the facility this time. If they were, my guess is that they would receive plenty of support.

This whole issue is crazy when you look at society in general. Rich owners and rich (in some cases) players battling over $9 billion a year. It’s beyond me to think in terms of those numbers. I believe it’s the same thing for the average fan.

There has to be common ground, but as of now that doesn’t seem to be the case. Fans should be talking about what free agents the Browns are pursuing. Instead, there’s nothing but silence.

That’s a shame.


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