DALLAS ( TheStreet) -- Enjoy this year's Super Bowl hype, throwback match-up between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers and the commercials and Black Eyed Peas halftime show that comes with it. All of it could be gone next year.Once the confetti falls, the Vince Lombardi Trophy is hoisted and fans in a cold-weather city risk frostbite to line the streets during their team's victory parade, the NFL and its players will get down to the very ugly business of hammering out a new collective bargaining agreement by their March 3 deadline. If that doesn't happen -- and the two sides aren't exactly close on a deal -- next season and Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis are in serious jeopardy. Think a dark year can't happen? Ask baseball fans who spent October raking leaves when the World Series was scrapped by a strike in 1994 or hockey fans who spent a year without the Stanley Cup when the NHL locked out its players in 2005.
|Football teams' lockers could go empty in the upcoming season if the NFL and players can't hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement by March 3. But that emptiness would just symbolize billions in lost revenue.|