With the end of the NFL lockout seemingly in view, I was pondering who benefited the most from the nation being without its favorite sport for 128 days. NFL owners and players are not included in this conversation. Both sides will report some victories when the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is complete, but not conducting business for over four months was not beneficial to either side.
So who benefited while the NFLPA decertified, NFL owners and players attacked each other in court and fans prayed for the lockout to end?
I think the largest beneficiary of the NFL lockout is former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Prior to March 13 when the lockout began, Terrelle was headed back to Columbus, Ohio for his senior. His final season as a Buckeye was going to begin on the sideline because he was suspended for the first five games of the seasons. This was his punishment for selling awards and accepting improper benefits.
During the NFL Lockout more damaging news came out about Ohio State’s football program. It led to the resignation or retirement (pending which day you speak to Ohio State administration) of coach Jim Tressel. A week later, Pryor announced that he would not return to play at Ohio State in the fall. Instead he will enter the NFL through the supplemental draft, dodge participating in a NCAA investigation and avoid punishment for his actions.
I’m sure Pryor is grateful for the lockout.
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