In one corner is the owners, and the other corner is the players. Both sides have serious concerns that are within reason, but when it comes down to the signing off on a new deal, both sides are really interested in the bottom dollar.
Over the past few years the American public has been put through the ringer, trying to just survive, through the bombshell that was the Global Financial Crises.
One of the key ingredients in keeping the American psyche strong and resilient, was its love and passion for one of America's greatest pastimes; the NFL.
A couple of years on from the initial hit of the "GFC" and the people of America are still hurting and desperately waiting for the economy to rebound to a sense of normality.
It must really hurt to see players earning tens of millions of dollars, threatening to strike because they want even more than the exorbitant prices they are currently contracted too.
There's no debating the game of NFL is big business; revenues created from the game are measured in the hundreds of millions and sometimes even billions of dollars. A thirty second commercial during the NFL Super Bowl can fetch an estimated three million dollars.
Owners often report huge profits and players earn in a week, what the average American can earn from a decade of hard work.
My question or moral quandary as such, is that if the game is generating more and more revenue, and this cash is being created by the fans that support the game, should we not be subsidising the game for the fans that create the revenue in the first place?
Could owners who share in the yearly profits created by the NFL, lower prices for the season ticket holders? Could merchandise come down by twenty percent?
The true investors (the fans) are hurting in a way like never before, and the National Football League seems to be taking no notice.
Deep down a part of me hopes the NFL learns a lesson the hard way, by fans walking away, another part of me is optimistic that the big wigs might take a look at themselves and rebuild the NFL commission from the ground up.
There is a famous Christian Parable about workers in a vineyard complaining about a fair days work for a fairs days pay. Perhaps a few athletes need to read this article, or even just take a walk through the suburbs of Detroit and they might get a sense of what the rest of America has to deal with on a daily basis.
If the NFL does not start on schedule this season it will be a great shame for the people that count, the fans.