BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As the future of next season’s football schedule hangs in the balance, fans across the country are demonstrating against the recent lockout of players.

As Gigi Barnett explains, Ravens fans joined the fray.

An NFL stalemate between players and owners leads to nationwide protest by fans.

“It just blows my mind how they can’t decide what to do with all of that money between them.  It just blows my mind,” said Ravens fan Sharon Schluter.

Earlier this month, contract negotiations between players and team owners broke down.  That caused owners to lock the players out.  Since then, nothing has turned the situation around and fans are in an uproar about the upcoming season.

“You can’t take us for granted for so long and fans do matter.  We are part of the partnership and we want to be included instead of excluded,” said Ravens fan Captain Defense.

Fans from longtime rivalries like the Ravens and the Steelers say they’re willing to put their differences aside for now to bring football back.  They say they want players and owners to do the same.

“Without football, we can’t have a rivalry.  I can’t hate a Steeler unless they play,” said Ravens fan Kirk Moyer.

The last time fans saw an NFL stoppage was back in 1987.  Fans didn’t have the help of websites to launch nationwide protests back then.  Now several Facebook pages have popped up demanding an end to the lockout.

“Think about us.  Think about the ones that pay you,” said Ravens fan Sandy Taylor.

Protests are being held outside of stadiums around the country, including Seattle, Pittsburgh and Miami.

Comments (12)
  1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    The only power the fans have is the power of NO. Take a stand & stand for something besides silly sports & enriching players & owners at your tax dollars expense & flat out tell them to shove it. This is your only chance to make a difference in your life with regards to organized sports. If you don’t, you’re a lacky & keep your pie holes shut forever. The players & management have insulted you for years & if you would stand in unity, prices would come down or the sport would go away. What have you got to lose besides more $$$ & self respect.

    1. satn says:

      its seem bernard you are not a sports fan. you dont understand how am i going to get away from my wife. football season is the only season i or any man alive today wilh me me when i say to get awayn from our wives.

      1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

        Satn, Should have said I think before you said “I do”.

      2. Eric says:

        If you need sports to fet away from your wife. Then you have deeper issues.

  2. Gino says:

    it takes a small loan to take a family of 4 to a game and they want more..when did it go from a game to cut throat business..the old timers i.e. Johnny Unitias, would be ashamed of how the fans are being treated by the fat cats owners and the gready players WHAT ABOUT THE FANS..we pay your salary and feed the fat cats much is enough????? no one makes it out of this world alive so let the fans enjoy football while we are here…..

  3. ratm33 says:

    It is the players fault. I blame them. No bussiness owner gives a employee a portion of the profits. That is why you get a pay check. That is your portion. We need to just boycott football until it becomes a real sport again, and it stops being about the money. If we stop watching and they have to take a pay cut maybe they will remember why they started to play in the first place, for fun. And i feel sorry for the one that said it is the only way to get alone time from his wife. Take your balls out of her purse and put them back in your pants.

  4. says:

    BIG DEAL! Rome, Nero and a little bit of fiddling comes to mind as I read this piece of tripe. Lock ’em all out and boycott the entire season, regardless of outcome. Maybe people can find some spare time to do something productive with those free Sundays. Man up people!

  5. Alex says:

    If people would spend this time and effort into paying our teachers And not some silly game. Do the “fans” get anything if their team wins? Bragging rights? Come on. The players buy bigger mansions, exotic cars and the fans bend over and pay higher prices for tickets and sports memorabilia. Let’s get our priorities straight and remember there are more important things in life than watching a bunch of grown men play with themselves and make millions.

  6. Phillip U. Daniels III says:

    If there’s no football, then how about taking that same worship of football and going to church on Sundays and then spending time with your family doing something worthwhile. No football this year is not the end of the world. it’s not that deep! They will eventually play again, too much money at stake. We’re protesting about football when there are much greater societal issues we need to deal with in our country. Our priorities are off! I make these statements as a Baltimore Ravens fan & as a pastor.

  7. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    You tell em Rev.Daniels….Womp up on them.

  8. Al says:

    The poor unfortunate small bar and restaurant owner on the corner are the ones who will take the hit !!

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