After the expected shock of the season cancellation and the NHL becoming the first league in history to make a cancellation, has anybody thought about the 'bigger' picture yet ? By bigger, I mean outside the scope of the NHL and the sports world at large. We already know what happened in the NHL. The lockout situation needs no explanation. However, on the NBA side, it is just as cloudy for the fans as it was for us in January last year. The NBA and it's PA are far apart on issues like salary, fa, and contract restrictions just like the NHL. And this time, the overall revenue pie is so much bigger than the NHL's it's looks more like a cake shop. They say they want to avoid a labour stoppage, but execs have been rumbling that a work stoppage is coming, just like the NHL. The NBA's done it in the past, so it needs to set no precedent, and with some great quotes from its players "sure we make a lot, but we spend a lot", in my opinion it's headed for a black hole. Of all the pro sports, the one that's being hit the hardest NOW is the baseball. When the president decides to put something negative about your sport specifically in his state of the union, you know it's bad. the steroid controversy is not going away; Jose's book, Giambi's confession, the FBI documents, A HEARING WITH THE SENATE. Wow. Whatever happens when the dust is settled will make one side very unhappy. The economics of the MLB isn't peachy. You have the top-3 spenders winning it all yearly. Both Boston and NY literally dwarf the rest of the league in roster salaries reducing the bottom feeding teams to become 1A farm teams for Boston and NY. The fans are there, though, even with the crappy economics, and the steroid issues. Well, what I meant to say is that they're back at least. It is their past time after all. But if people think Baseball's going to fix these issues cleanly and on time are extremely naive. When the MLB goes back into the blackhole of a lockout or strike, will the fans EVER come back ? Meanwhile, amongst all this chaos, the NFL is chugging along. The undisputed #1 sport out of all four. It draws the best game ratings, the best championship ratings, sells out it's stadiums every game, rabid fans, a quality product on the field, exciting games, and a dynasty in the making all the while having all the factors that all three of the previous PA's would say destroy their sport. I wholeheartedly believe the MLB and the NBA are headed for work stoppages or cancelled season's. The NHL has broke the taboo with cancelling their season and now the other leagues can do the same. The next season or two is gonna be really really dark for pro-sports. Anybody else agree ?