You’ve heard about the court proceedings, the back and forth between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, and the frustration of NFL players as they’ve resorted to organzing their own practices to compensate for a lack of access to team facilities.
But those are the guys making millions of dollars a year to play a game. Who’s really hurting during the NFL lockout? What about your Average Joe Sixpack and his beloved Favre Dollar Footlongs?
While the NFL is in danger of losing big money as the lockout wears on, the $800 million dollar fantasy football industry is already reeling.
In a normal summer, by now you’d be studying up on potential breakout rookies, jotting down your top sleepers and busts and gearing up for your annual live draft in Jim-Bob’s basement with online mock drafts. But with free agency on hold and no clear picture of when — or if — the 2011 season will kickoff, some in the fantasy football industry are already calling 2011 a lost year.
As the 46-year-old co-owner of Seattle-based Fantasy Index Magazine, Inc., Bruce Taylor is feeling the full impact of the labor dispute. His company won’t be publishing its Fantasy Football magazine for the first time in 25 years.
”We’ll be lucky if we make one-third of what we make in a normal year. It’s tough because we’ve had to lay somebody off — I’ve got another emplyoee that I should lay off but I don’t have the heart. We’re a small company. I try and be philosophical about it because when you hitch your wagon to somebody else’s horse, you’re going to take your lumps.”
Would a break from the normal Sunday routine of bunkering down in the man cave — computer on your lap, massive flatscreen on your wall, SCOOPS at the ready — do Americans good?
Perhaps. Or maybe the trash talk usually reserved for bitter fantasy football rivalries will spill out into the workplace, the gym or even worse, the dining room.
What would you do without fantasy football this fall?
— The Insider: Post readers consider lockout’s effect on fantasy football