NFL Lockout and Coaching Changes

With the impending lockout coming from the NFL owners after the 2010 regular season, there may not be as many coaching changes after the 2009 season as many may think.  About one-third of the coaches in the NFL are on the hot-seat this season and could be given pink slips at the conclusion of the season, however, owners are not sure if, and/or what the next NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement will entail and what overall effect there will be on team revenues. With that being said, owners may not be as quick to pull the trigger on firing head coaches and their staff.

In recent conversations with two NFL team executives, they admit that owners are gearing up for a lockout. It is not something they want to do, but may be the only choice they have to fix a pay system they feel is broken and needs to be revised in order to bring integrity back to the game.

A lockout (or strike), is not good for the owners or the players. However, current players of today’s NFL game do not have a history of what a lockout or strike really means, players are going to be effected more than the owners whose pockets are deeper and the owners will still receive revenue from the lucrative television contract they extended in 2004.

Without any sense of how long the owners will be without constant revenues, owners who want to make a change in the head coaching position will be reluctant to make a change at the end of the season, so those coaches who may be on the verge of being fired, may benefit in keeping their jobs. Owners do not have to pay salaries to an old coaching staff as well as a new staff without a season being played.

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