For many NFL fans, these training camp trips are an annual tradition. And from Mankato to Flagstaff to Spartanburg, if the lockout continues, there are going to be a lot of empty hotel rooms, dining tables and bar stools.
The biggest hurdle the NFL owners and players faced in their recent negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement was a failure to establish a "meeting of the minds." Why not dispense with the lawyers and hash it out face-to-face?
Leave it to Goodell to end a thrilling NFL regular season on a sour note. He issued an ill-timed letter that follows a tried and true strategy: blame the union and sow resentment between the fans and the players they pay to watch.