What if negotiations included fans?

Updated: July 5, 2011, 2:08 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

Let's get something out of the way first: We're not missing anything yet. The NFL and NBA lockouts don't mean anything until we reach the point where games are not played. In many ways, the NFL lockout has been a blessing. The idea of the owners locking the doors to extract a few more nickels from the rank-and-file is obnoxious. Their poor-mouthing is unbefitting plutocrats of such stature. Still, anything that spares us endless and pointless reports from training camps and OTAs is a good thing.


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