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JUMbotron: Pre-Season Huddle, Vol. 1
John U. Miller
July 22, 2011
 

Holy Labor Peace, Batman…!  The 2011 NFL season starts in less than seven weeks!?!

Thanks to the greedy owners and their subversive motivations, we don’t have much time to get primed for fantasy.  What an annoying summer it’s been, eh?  And I’m not just blaming the owners, there is plenty of blame to be placed on the NFLPA (wow, that March decertification was a dangerous gamble), and don’t forget those reprobate lawyers with their mouths under the faucet, slurping up millions in legal fees.  Sheesh… Do you want to know the real reason this thing got done?  It’s because U.S. District Court Judge David Doty reversed a ruling that allowed the owners to collect $4 billion in TV revenue even if there was no football in 2011.  The 81-year old Doty realized the owners had previously negotiated this “lockout slush-fund” so he laid the smack down.  He also threatened to assess damages.  Hero!  You see, with that $4 billion packed into the vault, the owners would have taken their sweet time -- and possibly been inclined to let 2011 collapse in order to break the players’ backs.  Doty is one bad hombre who swings his gavel for justice.  Now, let’s get right to the fun stuff…

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