On the other side, the football players have taken the NFL to court trying to end the lockout and have been unsuccessful so far.
The football fans are stuck in the middle. Thus far, fans have felt a sense of "hopelessness"
One fan, Stanley Bronstein, suggests it doesn't have to be that way. Through his website, OnlyWeThePeople.com (http://onlywethepeople.com), Bronstein has started an online movement designed to empower the fans.
Bronstein suggests that fans set a June 30, 2011 deadline for the NFL owners and NFL players to settle their dispute.
What happens if they don't settle by that date?
It's quite simple. The fans cancel the season.
NFL fans should gather together and say that if the lockout is not resolved by the end of June 2011, they will simply not watch any football during the 2011 season.
While some may see this as a controversial solution, it is certainly an empowering one.
As Bronstein says, "the fans are the source of the money. Without the fans, there is no money. Without the money, the owners and players can't win."
Whether or not this movement takes shape remains to be seen. Only time will tell.
What does Bronstein suggest as an alternative to football if the fans cancel the 2011 season? "Spend time with your families and friends."
Bronstein is available for interviews and to answer questions.
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Stanley Bronstein is an attorney, CPA and author of 7 books on a variety of subjects, primarily of subjects of self-help and social activism.