People scoffed at the NHL when it went through it's own lockout, but the pending labor war in the NFL could be even worse. Part of the problem facing the NFL is that the owners can't get their collective ship in order. Len Pasquarelli wrote an article on ESPN.com some time ago (back in the preseason, I think) about how the owners are breaking into two factions. Some of the "richer" owners are beginning to grumble about continuing the league's revenue sharing policies. The rumors are that this front is being spearheaded by Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder, among others, and it's received tons of opposition from owners like Dan Rooney.
This is a pretty big problem because the owners can't really begin serious negotiations with the players union until they have the owners all on the same page. And the players union is also expected to put up a big fight about the salary cap.
If the NFL doesn't get these revenue sharing and cap issue resolved, Steelers fans are in for a rude awakening come 2007. The Rooney family has money, but that'll pale in comparison to what the Cowboys (Jerry Jones), Redskins (Dan Snyder) and *gasp* the Seahawks (Paul Allen) could be able to spend on free agents.
If you thought the gap between the Yankees and Pirates was bad...