The Super Bowl might be the last football game we see for a year or more.

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    Feb 05, 2011 12:32 AM GMT
    Did you know this year’s Super Bowl game might be the last football game we see for a year or more?

    NFL owners pulled out of the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association two years before it was due to expire. Now the incredibly profitable NFL is saying it will lock out players—refusing to let them play at all—unless they agree to outrageous givebacks.

    If there’s a lockout, it won’t just impact football players and fans. Stadium employees will be jobless. Staff in sports bars, restaurants and hotels, police officers and others who work supporting the game also will be hurt. In fact, 150,000 workers will feel the impact, and $4.5 billion dollars in revenue will disappear from 32 cities around the nation.

    In a TV ad, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) tried to get a clear message from the players across: Don’t lock us out. Let us play. But CBS is refusing to air the “Let Us Play” ad.

    Watch the ad CBS rejected—and sign the petition CBS doesn’t want you to sign.

    When CBS rejected the ad, executives said they didn’t want to get involved in the labor negotiations between the players and the NFL owners. But CBS is big-dollars involved already. Recently, CBS, as well as Fox, NBC, ESPN and DIRECTV, delivered what amounts to multibillion-dollar lockout insurance to the NFL.

    Along with other TV networks, CBS worked out a deal to pay $4 billion to the NFL, even if the NFL locks out players and not a single game is played next season.

    Watch the ad CBS banned—and sign the petition CBS and the NFL don’t want you to sign.

    If players are locked out, 150,000 workers across America will suffer, cities across America stand to lose $4.5 billion and fans will go without football. But the well-off NFL owners—with the help of CBS—will get $4 billion no matter what.

    CBS not only is making rotten deals with the NFL—it’s keeping the players from getting their message out.

    Don’t think this is fair? Then watch the ad CBS banned and take action. Don’t let CBS and the NFL lock out the players!

    Please also sign the Twitter petition and become a fan of this campaign on Facebook.

    In solidarity,

    Manny Herrmann
    Online Mobilization Coordinator, AFL-CIO

    P.S. In football, public image is everything. Help us spread the word about the greed of CBS and the NFL. Let’s make them both reconsider. Let’s make sure Sunday’s Super Bowl isn’t the last NFL game we see for a year or more. Please take action now: Sign our petition to block the lockout.

    Please also sign the Twitter petition and become a fan of this campaign on Facebook.

    Once you’ve done that, please forward this message to all your friends.
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    Feb 05, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    Boo televised sports!!!

    Yay sports that you actually play with a group of people outdoors instead of just sitting around yelling at the television while eating pizza- chips- crackers- cupcakes- fried stuff- and drinking beer- soda- other unhealthy carbonated/non-carbonated drinks!!!
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    Feb 05, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    The OP is rarely poorly written and repetitious, making me wonder about its validity. Is there any other independent confirmation of this?