I was reading Bob Smizak's blog, and the following, which I reprint in its entirety, was a comment. I would make this a fanshot with a link, but you would have to scroll around looking for the comment, and thus might miss what I think has some real possibilities as a solution...
Max [that being the username of the commenter] has been waiting for days for the right Steelers blog to layout his solution to the NFL strike/lockout.
Like so many problems the country has solved recently, Max thinks the guvmint should take over pro football.
The Kennedys used to play football on the white house lawn. Since they no longer are in politics, they could take over NFL teams, using the personal fortunes of former senators.
The league would be renamed the United States Football League, or USFL. (That has a familiar ring).
Besides the Kennedys, the current administration has expertise in this area, why else would Rooney have thanked Obama during the Lombardi acceptance speech?
Players would be paid on the military pay scale, with combat zone premium. Wear the same helmets, uniforms and flak jackets that our soldiers wear.
Groundskeepers and stadium workers would become Peace Corp members and be paid accordingly. And with the guvmint running things, you can probably expect no layoffs.
The home team would have their choice of forest or artic camo. The alternate uniform would be desert camo. The throwback uni’s could be WWI doughboy uniforms. Love those helmets.
The rules would be rewritten by the IRS, and IRS auditors would officiate the games. Disputes and grievances would be adjudicated by the U.N.
The games would be carried on PBS and NPR. Senators from the home state of the home team would call the games, and the color analysts would be the representatives. I'm sure they could call on former PA governor Ed Rendell for broadcasting tips.
The regular season and playoff schedules may need to be adjusted so that the Super Bowl half time show could be the State of the Union address.
Not sure what role the post office should take, maybe they could take over the food service in the newly acquired stadiums.
All right, boys and girls, let's hear what suggestions you have.