Sports Lockouts

Even to the outside viewer, one has heard the constant talk of professional sports lockouts this year. What does this mean to the average fan? Nothing. The National Football League had a very long and drawn out lockout this past summer, in which most wondered if a regular season shortage was imminent. Besides the occasional minicamp cancellation and obvious player arresting, all was normal in the world of sports.
The coverage of the NFL was even more publicized than it has ever been in years past. So what was the problem? The problem to the average sports fan was nothing, but to the avid sports fan, it meant everything.
Considering which side you were on, the owners or players, the opinion may be differ. However, everyone can agree that in the end, each side cam out losers. Both the owners and players came out looking like money hungry multi-millionaires who decided to take a break from work to debate about the difference in a lot of money, and a ton of money. What does this say to the fans? The fans that work that extra weekend or holiday to be able to afford season tickets, or grew up watching a team they believed cared? The public image of owners and players could not be worse.
Now both sides got what they wanted, while fans sat around waiting, just so they can raise ticket prices yet again. I’m sure the many PR departments for these teams are geared up for what you could be, a long season of positive publicity towards fans. To top it off, the National Basketball Association is holding out. What a coincidence.


About griffingatewood

Public Relations Major at Central Missouri University
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Sports Lockouts

  1. I totally agree! Labor disputes between workers and any employer can be messy. Whether its between a sports union such as the NFLPA and the NFL owners, or its the construction workers union, it is important to take a firm stance in your beliefs while also maintaing a postive public image and message. Lockouts can often result in alot of bad PR.

  2. scottspiegel says:

    I don’t really think the NFL will have any serious problem dealing with a positive image. Yes, they had a lockout for most of the off-season and people were worried about the possibility of a year without the NFL. However, people love sports. More specifically, they love professional football. Just because there was a lockout doesn’t mean that there will be a decrease in ticket sales, or the amount of people who watch the games nationwide.

  3. amber0125 says:

    Being an avid sports fan, I agree completely with what you are saying. Hearing about multi-millionaires complaining because they feel they deserve more money is enough to ruin anyone’s public image and put a bad taste in the mouth of many fans. The NBA definitely needs to be careful with how they proceed if they hope to keep a positive image.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s