Sports fans worry about economy due to NFL lockout

11:49 PM, Mar 12, 2011   |    comments
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Tampa, Fla. -- Now that the NFL has locked out the players, some of the leagues most well-known are joining an anti-trust lawsuit.

Star quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are a few of about a dozen players filing in federal court.

With the 2011 season in jeopardy, Bay area sports fans are worried about what it means for our economy.

"With us being a sports bar, it would definitely make a big impact on our bottom line as far as our money goes, and for the economy of Tampa Bay and all the sports bars around here. If they lock out the NFL, then it's definitely going to make a big difference in our economy in Tampa," said the Press Box's Jason Loughran.

"If we don't have football this season, the Tampa Bay area's really going to suffer from that...all the way from the sports bars to the local guys right here that park cars for $3. There's people that depend on that income," said football fan Gary Doyle.

"Personally, I think they're overpaid anyway. It's playing a game and doing something they love. I think they both just need to realize it's all about the fans, not about them. It's not about the money. It's all about having NFL football," said Adam Schultz.

This is the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.

As part of the lockout, the league's commissioner and general counsel have slashed their salaries to one dollar each.

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