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Why This Is a Lockout, Not a Strike

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I would just like to make a quick note as to why this event is being called a lockout instead of a strike like baseball had in 1994. Baseball was considered on strike because the players initiated the action. They walked out on the job instead of playing in scheduled games.

In a lockout, the owners are the ones initiating the action. They are literally locking the players out of team facilities. During the baseball labor strife, players would have been allowed to continue had they wanted to. They chose to not. The players are not allowed to in the case of the NFL.

I acknowledge this really is a matter of semantics. The effect is exactly the same. No business will likely be conducted until an agreement on a new CBA is in place. I just wanted to provide a bit of clarity in case anybody out there was interested.