NFL Lockout 2011: Why It's OK to Feel Sorry for the Players

Max HollanderContributor IMarch 2, 2011

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 04:  Center Kevin Mawae #68 of the Tennessee Titans and President of the NFL Player's Association speaks to members of the media while members of the Association look on during the NFL Player's Association Press Conference held at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 4, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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As NFL negotiations with the Players' Union near a dreadful end, no decision or agreement has been made as to what will be taking place next year for the NFL.

With the deadline set for tomorrow at midnight, the league and union have until then to either come to an agreement or hopefully extend the deadline and buy some more time for debate and mediation. 

Regardless of what happens by tomorrow nights deadline, one thing that is still guaranteed to happen is the NFL draft, but from then on its an unknown path for the NFL.

If the debates do end and a lockout is put in place, the players and fans especially will not be happy. Lets hope both sides realize a lockout is the worst thing for the NFL and somehow they can come to a mutual agreement so play can continue in 2011. 

A lockout is never a good thing for a professional sport, and most importantly for the players. Not having a season means no pay and no pay can mean a lot to the players on the lower end of the salary ladder.

The players who have a desire and love for the game will also be dealt a tough blow. Players who go out everyday during the season and put their heart and soul into the game will lose out on that next season which can impact their faith in the sport.

For guys who are late in their careers, this season off could be an early and unfortunate end to a long career.

A whole year off requires players to keep their physical stature on their own which can be a heavy task for guys who normally don't get so much time off. Needless to say, a lockout benefits no one and hopefully both sides can agree on this if nothing else.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could lose a lot of respect from players and fans if he is unable to convince both sides to meet in the middle so the NFL can have a season in 2011.

Both sides have understandable demands and requests, but like in any debate, you can't get everything you want and you have to be willing to compromise. For everyone who loves football: please, no lockout!