In addition to the AFL-CIO, several Indiana state Delegates have gotten involved in the labor fight between the league and its players union. The AP reports that both of Indiana’s senators and all nine of its representatives have penned a letter to both Roger Goddell and players union president DeMaurice Smith indicating their concern that “a failure to complete a new agreement could lead to a work stoppage affecting the upcoming 2011 NFL season and Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis,” which, according to a Ball State University study, could deprive the state of an estimated $365 million in revenue.
Representatives from the interest of tax payers, NFL fans and the impact a lockout could have overall.
While Congress has steered clear of intervening thus far, some argue that the millions in subsidies the NFL receives give Congress good reason to get involved. But the league expends an extraordinary amount of effort to ensure its interests are recognized on the Hill, spending $2.5 million last cycle alone. And a lot of credit is due to Jeff Miller, the league’s chief lobbyist, for his success in this endeavor. Miller has said that he will not seek congressional interference on a collective bargaining agreement, believing that the parties should be more than capable of reaching a suitable agreement among themselves.