The NFL labor battles continue, although some progress appears to be in the making - but nobody will believe that there will be a 2011 season until training camps open up (scheduled for July). Both players and owners have blasted each other, even some players (Ray Lewis) have claimed that crime will tick up without the NFL.
However, the NFL is not alone, the NBA collective bargainning agreement expires soon.
What do they all want? Money of course, and not just their fair share - each sides wants a majority of the loot.
Odds are that the NFL will have to cancel some games this season (maybe all) - and the NBA is facing a second work stoppage this century.
I'm not a huge fan of the NBA, but I certainly do love the NFL. I know that my Sundays will be back, and I can spend more time with my family (unfortunately, I cannot tell my wife that I want to be home by 1pm to watch the game).
But the NFL means more than just six hours of television watching every Sunday - I (much like millions of others) play fantasy football and other forms of gambling during the season - so I spend about 4-5 hours per week researching players, conducting analysis, and talking with others about the game.
The lone positive note is that I will spend less time going out to bars and eating bar food while sitting on a stool - as that time will diverted to other aspects in my life.
Fortunately, college football will still be going on, and then college basketball starts in late November. Both entities offer much more exciting action than their professional counterparts.
Also, MLB stands to benefit the most from these labor disputes, as most of the focus will on the playoffs and World Series. Hockey will start up soon, so they stand to gain some additional viewership as well. Both sports suffer low viewership, so they will take any additional attention that they can get.
I will not be depressed without the NFL or NBA, as my life will go on.
So the question begs, what will you do without NFL or the NBA?