Posted by Will Brinson
There's been some mention that the NFL, if it lost it's appeal on the lockout ruling, could completely shut down for business. Roger Goodell, the only real person who can answer that question, didn't deny the possibility recently.
Speaking with Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk Live!, Goodell might have even forwarded the possibility of such a shutdown.
"The only thing I’m going to say in regards to any of these rumors — there’s all kinds of reports — is that we're considering a variety of different alternatives based on the court decisions," Goodell said. "We’ll have to do that, and we’re prepared to do that, and we’re going through that process."
Of course, shutting down the NFL would go against everything Goodell and the league have pushed towards fans (caring about them, feeling confident about having a season, etc).
Which is probably why it makes sense to listen to Chris Mortensen of ESPN's report on Thursday morning that such a shutdown is not likely happening.
“As prominent NFL man says, please ignore concept being floated that NFL could shut down business if lockout lifted,” Mortensen tweeted. “Not a chance, he says.”
If correct, that's great news for everyone involved, including the NFL.
That's because trying to sell a complete shutdown of football would be an absolute public relations nightmare. Can you imagine trying to take the stance of "Well, if a lockout won't work, we're just taking our toys and going home!" and spin it in a positive fashion? It'd be impossible.
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