I just thought about a crazy scenario...
No one really knows where the NFLPA union decertification will lead the NFL. While the negotiations were filled with tensions and this dark cloud has been growing for over a year, the first shot has been fired and war has officially been declared. There will most certainly be casualties - except those glorious generals that have the chance to lead an army in the litigation with no consequences but fame and glory for themselves (but that is another tale for another time).
The first casualties, of course, are the fans of the NFL. But as the NFL owners and the trade association formerly known as the NFLPA begin what is sure to be a long and strange process in the courts, everyone is assuming this will always remain a conflict of these two sides.
No one knows how the courts will rule, and even less can guess by when, so most of the conversation for a hopeful swift conclusion has been based around the players groveling back as they start to miss their game checks. But as many of OCC's excellent posts have shown us, there are actually two camps within the ranks of the owners.
Is it possible that the have and have-not owners will split from each other before the players start considering crossing the theoretic picket line?
Could the owners that were having financial success and never liked revenue sharing amongst franchises decide to disband and leave the NFL and take their stadiums and franchises to a newly created league? Is that even legally possible? Could Jerry Jones be planning a JFL that begins with 10 franchises (formerly of the NFL) that decides to hire players from the newly created football trade association?!
Could we be watching football this year in a league not named the NFL, but with players named Ware, Romo, and Bryant?
Things that make you go hmmmmmm