OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders is congratulated by fans after he scored a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jacoby Ford
Football fans expect the worst at the end of the day. A looming labor dispute is likely to officially become a lockout before the clock strikes midnight.
It's the first pro football work stoppage since 1987, and puts the entire 2011 season at risk.
"We get game-related revenue from the Raiders season of about $4 million and pay game-related expenses of about $5 million," Deena McClain with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority told the paper. Adding the numbers were in the "ballpark."
The authorities profits and losses are only one way to look at the impact of no Raider games will have on the city. Beer vendors will lose their jobs. Parking fees alone would be in the tens of thousands each week. And there will no longer be a run on silver face paint at the Coliseum Wal-Mart.
The NFL set up a news feeds for people to follow to get the latest on the last minute negotiations that will end at midnight eastern time Thursday. It would be considered a shock if the two sides come up with an agreement Thursday. The best case scenario has the fight ending this summer, with only the pre-season games canceled.