If the National Football League owners lock out the players next season, not only will millions of fans not have games to watch, but more than 115,000 jobs could be lost, according to a new study.
The 32 NFL teams employ on average 3,739 people each, including players, concession workers and office staff. If the lockout lasts a long time, layoffs are likely and many of those jobs would not come back, said Jesse David, senior vice president of the economic consulting firm Edgeworth Economics, who conducted a study of the impact of a lockout for the NFL Players Association (NFLPA). Check out a summary of the study here. "A lockout would have an impact beyond the players," NFLPA official George Atallah said.
UNITE HERE members who work in stadium concessions could be some of the workers affected by a lockout. See the video about concessions workers’ solidarity with the NFLPA here.
UNITE HERE has joined with the NFFLPA and fans around the country to block the potential lockout. Join us today in signing the petition to block the lockout:
To read more about the potential NFL lockout and its impact on fans and workers: www.nfllockout.com.