The NFL lockout continues on and as we approach June 1 it's fair to wonder whether any games will be missed. It's not clear when the NFL's deadline is to ensure no games are missed in 2011 but most predictions say it needs to be sometime in the middle of August.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times recently wrote about the lockout and predicted there's currently a 70 percent chance games are missed because of the lockout. Most are predicting that the June 3 court case will favor the owners which will keep the lockout in place until the two sides get a deal done. Losing at least one game would likely mean the lockout goes into at least late August.
Farmer also wonders at what point the entire season is a wash.
In the strike-shortened 1982 season, teams played nine games. When the players went on strike in 1987, teams wound up playing 15 games, but three of those were with replacement players. If eight or more games are canceled this year, what's the point?
I agree. That would mean sometime in the first week of November we would need to have something done. Cris Collinsworth recently laid out what a shortened NFL season could look like and he said games would start the first week of November so that could be the last possible week in which games are played.
But, like most things with the lockout, we're just guessing. No one is really sure how this will turn out.