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49% Blame Team Owners In NFL Labor Dispute

Most football fans don’t think the 2011 National Football League season will start on time, if at all, and half place the blame on the league’s team owners.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 624 adults who watch the NFL at least once a week during the season shows that 49% blame the team owners for the current labor situation. Only 29% blame the players in the dispute, while another 21% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Team owners imposed a lockout on the players back in March after the two sides failed to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the one that expired after the 2010 season. Negotiations between the owners and players association are stalled primarily due to disagreement over how to share the approximately $9 billion in revenue the NFL generates each year.

Seventy percent (70%) of football fans say it’s likely the 2011 season will not start on time, including 38% who see this as Very Likely. Just 21% say it’s not likely the season will be delayed, with only three percent (3%) who say it’s Not At All Likely.

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The survey of 624 Football Fans was conducted on June 19-22, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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