Replacement players, replacements referees, shortened seasons, and in some cases, entire seasons cancelled. And let’s not forget all those poor slobs who work at stadiums and arenas, and whose very livelihood depends on these guys showing up to work. And then there’s the athlete. Here’s some poor bastard who just can’t get by on his several million dollar a year salary. Hey! Paying child support to eight kids from eight different mothers can be a bitch. It’s a no-win situation for everyone involved. But fans are such lemmings that after all the complaining and players and owners go back to work, fans welcome them back by filling the stadiums and arenas spending tons of money. Here’sa look at a list of the Top 5 Strikes and Lockouts of all time.
5 NBA Lockout (1998-1999)
4 NHL Lockout (2004-2005)
3 NBA Lockout (2011)
2 NFL Referee Lockout (2012)
1 Major League Baseball Strike (1994-1995)
The owners learned their lesson from the 1982 strike and were determined that the show must go on. The season was interrupted in week two, lasted 24 days and was the first strike of its kind to use replacement players. By week four, the league trotted out players who were cut from their college teams at places Occidental College, Prairie View A&M and the USFL. At least the players were better than the replacements used in the 2012 NFL Referee strike.
NFL Strike (1982)
The players decided to strike and the owners in turn lock them out, which pretty much had one cancelling out the other. But give the NFL credit. When all the smoke cleared and everyone went back to work, the league got really creative and went with a 16-team tournament for the playoffs. That was 30 years ago and we still don’t have freaking playoff system in Division I college football!
Major League Baseball Strike (1981)
How bad was this strike? It happened in the heart of the season in June, ended in August resulting in 38 percent of the games cancelled. MLB went with a split-season format for the playoffs. Some teams ended up playing more games than others, and the teams with the best overall record got screwed out of the playoffs. It worked out well for Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans. It was one of the few times the boys in blue were able to beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.