There would be plenty of incentive to get a deal done because player salaries and team revenues that do not get paid out to the little and not-so-little guys go into a fund. The cash sits deferred until the two parties strike a collective bargaining agreement that details how it will be divvied up.
There's no good reason not to do this because, after all, it's sports. It means absolutely nothing and everything to us all at the same time.
You can't sell me on a reason why fans, the little guys and not-so-little guys have to go through this. We deal with enough crap everyday. What means livelihood to one guy means unbridled enjoyment to the next -- a lockout should not jeopardize or put either on hold.