Get ready for a whole lot of football

With the National Football League settling its lockout and the early start of high school football in Wisconsin, the next few weeks are going to be a football fan’s dream.
The NFL and its players union had to settle their differences. There was simply too much money to be lost for the lockout to last for any consequential period. The late end to the lockout will create a maddening scramble of free agent signings and roster moves, but none of the possible contractual money will be lost. That’s all that was important to both sides of the labor impasse.
Each day should be packed with football news for the foreseeable future. News is already trickling out about veterans that won’t be re-signed and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. While this is a comparably poor year for free agent talent, some of the free agents available are going to get obscene contracts because teams are scrambling to fill roster holes quickly.
The early start to high school football has players praying for fair weather for the early practices. Early August is frequently the hottest stretch of the summer. Starting the practices a week earlier this year will mean coaches will have to be extra careful to watch athletes so they don’t get overcome by the August heat.
It will be interesting to see how the early start affects crowd sizes for the football season. With a third of the regular season games being played before the start of the school year, the loyalty of the football fans will be tested.