So for the last couple of months the billionaires that own the NFL teams and the multi-millionaires that play the game have been wrangling over how to split the roughly $9 billion in revenue that the league generates annually.
The argument basically boils down to the owners' position being: "Hey we put up all the money and financial risk (of which there really isn't any) and in return we want a bigger slice of the pie" .
The players position is basically:"We are the product, without us there is no game. We have a short lifespan as players and want to be compensated even further for our pain and suffering".
It should be noted that the average salary in the NFL is roughly $1.8 million per year and the average career length is 3 1/2 years, which means the average NFL player picks up around $6.3 million for his troubles, so it's not as though the NFL is really "modern day slavery" as running back Adrian Peterson claimed in an interview with Yahoo sports in March.
Regardless of which side you support, or even if you don't give a damn there are other consequences, many lost jobs, hours of television programming to fill, bookies with nothing to make money off etc. but what I hadn't considered was that the lack of NFL games will lead to an increase in crime.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis,who knows a bit about crime , explains in this interview that crime, and evil in general will increase without the NFL because, quite simply, without the games "there's nothing else to do".
Mr. Lewis does not explain why crime doesn't spike in the off season of non labour stoppage years but I'm assuming it's because the mere knowledge that the NFL will return is enough to keep evil at bay.