Roger's billion dollar baby

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

Everybody knows how detrimental a lockout would be to the NFL, but numbers thrown around Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal were downright shocking.

According to the report, which cited anonymous senior NFL officials who have been briefed on the matter, the league could lose $1 billion us even if the entire 2011 regular season is played.

The report indicates if there is a lockout after the current collective bargaining agreement expires on Mar. 3, the league will lose a ton, even if the owners and players kiss and make up in time for the season opener.

The league could lose $400 million in March alone -- because so many season tickets are sold that month -- and $500 million more if a dispute cuts out the pre-season.

The Journal also reported every team would lose $8 million for every cancelled home game.

Even if the figures are inflated because the officials are posturing on behalf of the league, it is clear, a lockout would have massive financial

Ramifications for players and owners. expect more reports to come out every month the NFL and NFLPA go without an agreement.


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