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U.S. Debt Ceiling or NFL Lockout?



July 23, 2011 – Comments (9)

Let's take a vote on which gets resolved first. Will our government raise the debt ceiling or will NFL players agree to the new CBA?

The debt ceiling "deadline" is August 2nd. If the season is going to start at reasonable time then the NFL lockout needs to be ended around the same time.

I vote debt ceiling (only because most NFL players probably can't read. Then again, our elected officials aren't much better apparently).


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#1) On July 23, 2011 at 5:13 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (88.03) wrote:

I vote NFL lockout, the players are'nt stupid enough to kill the goose that laid the golden egg.

Government just may be that stupid, but I think they'll kick the can down the road before the deadline. 

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#2) On July 23, 2011 at 6:47 PM, outoffocus (23.82) wrote:

TBQH I would say the NFL lockout.  At the end of the day the longer the NFL is locked out, the less money the NFL makes.


On the other hand, politicians are too scared to make any hard decisions in fear of losing their seat during the next election.  Yet they can't allow a default or they'll set off financial armageddon.   So the debt ceiling will go down to the wire.  

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#3) On July 23, 2011 at 8:30 PM, ikkyu2 (98.17) wrote:

They will both get done in time for the regular season :)

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#4) On July 23, 2011 at 11:26 PM, TMFBabo (100.00) wrote:

I think the more interesting one is the NBA lockout. The league is poorly managed and the players are way overpaid - have you seen what undeserving people get max contracts?

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#5) On July 25, 2011 at 8:14 AM, TMFBlacknGold (92.28) wrote:

The NBA lockout is also more interesting because players have  viable alternative - Europe - if a new deal is not completed. There are a lot of teams losing money in the NBA, so let's hope they can turn around like the NHL did a few years ago.

As for undeserving contracts baseball is probably the worst, but that is only because there is no salary cap. BTW I'll be in Philly to watch my Pirates take on your Phils this weekend. Go Buccos!  

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#6) On July 25, 2011 at 10:35 AM, TMFBabo (100.00) wrote:

Simply put, the NBA players need to make less money, right? The games are too expensive and a bunch of teams suck. I'd rather watch on TV and get the play-by-play and color commentary any day.

Agreed on the MLB players indeed making stupid amounts of money, but it seems like the league is survivng just fine (who knows if it actually is). I do wish baseball had a salary cap, though I can't really complain right now.

The Pirates sure are being talked about a lot. You guys goin after any players this deadline?

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#7) On July 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM, TMFBlacknGold (92.28) wrote:

I think it will be interesting to see how these lockouts affect college sports ratings. College basketball is arguably more exciting than the pros, and college football can be entertaining. 

Baseball seems fine for now. When small market teams like the Pirates play well and large market teams like the Mets play poorly it certainly doesn't help the case for introducing a cap to level the playing field.

There's a lot of talk about adding players, but I don't see where we have any room. This week (ATL and PHI) will show management what areas we need to improve to compete with the league's best. I would love to snag SP Jimenez from the Rockies. I just don't think our pitching will hold up.

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#8) On July 26, 2011 at 7:09 AM, outoffocus (23.82) wrote:

Looks like I was right...

Private sector 1

Gov sector -14 Trillion

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#9) On July 26, 2011 at 9:31 AM, TMFBlacknGold (92.28) wrote:

Blog over.

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