Seahawks fans gather to protest NFL lockout
As we proceed with no movement whatsoever in the third week of the NFL’s lockout, fans grew restless in Seattle.
A dozen fans gathered Sunday outside of Qwest Stadium in a protest of sorts.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times reports the get-together outside of the team’s pro shop was to lament the situation which pits billionaire owners (non wealthier than the Seahawks’ Paul Allen) against wealthy athletes. There were brief chants of “We want football” and it was a casual atmosphere. Would they settle for free agency and offseason workout programs at this point?
"They're squabbling over our money," Jared Gamble told O’Neil. "And it's kind of ridiculous that their biggest problem right now is how to divide $9 billion. That's the gist of it."
While this is an amusing anecdote at this point, fan reaction will not be funny if the labor impasse drags into the summer and then late July when training camps open. Then, the teams and players alike will begin to feel a real backlash from the population that feeds the industry with an investment of disposable income and time.
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