Steelers Fans Concerned About Possible Lockout

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With a midnight deadline looming, the word from Washington D.C. on Thursday evening was that the window for NFL labor talks has been extended 24 hours.

Without a new collective bargaining agreement, the league could lock out the players. It would be the first work stoppage in the NFL since 1987.

And the possibility of a lockout has many local fans wondering what it would mean for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Among the black & gold faithful, you won’t find a lot of empathy for a battle between millionaires, but this battle is threatening what around the Pittsburgh area is a deeply-rooted way of life from August to February.

“Its going to be a tough winter if there’s not football. This town lives and breathes football, especially Steelers football,” said Pat MacCaglia, of Center Township. “We watch the games; we have Steeler parties, we’ll miss them.”

The idea of no football is not something any Steelers fan wants to even fathom.

“It’s just the whole region – you feel better, you feel like a winner and whenever the team’s winning, you feel good. You spend more money and it helps the economy,” said Bob Crerar, of Fennelton.

“Coming out of a Super Bowl loss, and really hoping to get back there next year for another Super Bowl, I hope it doesn’t happen,” said Derrick Johnson, of McKeesport. “I hope a lockout doesn’t occur.”

Those hopes ride with the officials who are hunkered down in a Washington D.C. conference room today trying to figure out how to split up $9 billion.

If there is no agreement, the owners will lock out the players and the season will be in jeopardy.

“They’ll stand to make a lot more money if they do get it worked out,” said Avery Hawkins, of Mount Washington.

“Weekends in Pittsburgh this coming fall I think will be a little dreary if we don’t have Steelers football,” added Catherine Sweitzer, of Robinson Township.

The 24 extension alone would indicate enough progress to justify the additional time, but no one is talking so far, adhering to the mediators request for a news blackout while they talk.

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  1. Anvil says:

    As a Steelers fan first, and a football fan second, I would much rather the NFLPA, Owners, and the NFL take their time in this approach to iron out ALL of the details pertaining to the CBA and any other issues looming relative to the sport. I realize that a lot of $$$ is at stake if the season either starts late or does not commence at all, but the longevity of this sport is far greater and worth much more than one season. I don’t want these issues to be resolved in a short amount of time based on a few hasty compromises, only to have readdress them again in a few years.

  2. Tom hal says:

    Who cares? Fire them all! I would tackle n at for a lot less. They r union thugs holding us hostage. They only. “work” 16days a year on. Sundays anyway!

  3. SNAKE says:

    WHO GIVES A RATS @SS YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK , Soldiers getting killed in Iraq and AFGAHNASTAN , MOUNTING DEBT IN THIS COUNTRY , 4 dollar a gallon gas , 9 % unemployment and THIS IS WORRY , PLEASE , GET RID OF THE UNION AND HIRE BUMS OFF THE STREET , THEY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE AVEARGAGE FAN , 50 DOLLARS TO PARK ON THE NORTHSIDE , LOL PROBLEM WITH THIS COUNTRY IS WE HAVE OUR BRAINS IN THE WRONG PLACES , THIS IS ALL GARBAGE , THE NFL , THE PLAYERS AND OWNERS WANT TO RAPE THE FANS , SHUT IT DOWN .

    1. Yup says:

      I agree with your statement totally, but not with your use of caps lock. Turn it off please. It’s rude.

    2. Sco says:

      Football every Sunday is a way not to think of those things. Why do we need to listen to your rants? I got an idea, Don’t go to the games, don’t watch them on TV, believe me nobody cares if you watch or not.

  4. Honeylmalik says:

    God Bless America & May y-all make a fair decision & don’t let President Obama intervene & remember What happen to baseball years ago. Bless Y-all

    1. Yup says:

      Shut up,yeah I’m sure Obama would get in on this, idiot. It’s about football, has nothing to do with government, way to try to bring your bandwagon hatred into this.

  5. Ryan S. says:

    I don’t care if the NFL plays another game. Millionaires fighting over how to divvy up billions? Fans are idiots if they continue to support their local NFL teams.

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