The Alphabet: Inspired by Sport

By: Alex Risen
By: Alex Risen

The Letter "I"... (that is supposed to be a capital i...looks like a lower-case "L" don't know what letter I hit!)

I HATE INTERMISSION! (work stoppages in major league sporting history)

  • MLB:
  • 1972 (Lockout) - Games missed: 86...reason: pension issues
  • 1973 (Lockout) - Games missed: 0...reason: salary arbitration
  • 1976 (Lockout) - Games missed: 0...reason: free agency issues
  • 1980 (Strike) - Games missed: 0...reason: free-agent compensation
  • 1981 (Strike) - Games missed: 712...reason: free agent compensation
  • 1985 (Strike) - Games missed: 0...reason: salary arbitration
  • 1990 (Lockout) - Games missed: 0...reason: salary arbitration; salary cap
  • 1994-95 (Strike) -  Games missed: 920...reason: salary cap; revenue sharing
  • NFL:
  • 1968 (Lockout/Strike) - Games missed: 0...reason: pensions
  • 1974 (Strike) - Games missed: 0...reason: free agency
  • 1980 (Lockout/ Strike) - Games missed: 0...reason: various
  • 1982 (Strike) - Games missed: 196...reason: compensation
  • 1987 (Strike) - Games missed: 14...reason: free agency
  • 2011 (Lockout) - Games missed: ?...reason: revenue sharing
  • NHL:
  • 1992 (Strike) - Games missed: 0...reason: marketing compensation
  • 1994 (Lockout) - Games missed: 468...reason: compensation rollback
  • 2004 (Lockout) - Games missed: 2,460...reason: salary issues
  • NBA:
  • 1998 (Strike) - Games missed: 928...reason: salaries
  • 2011 (Lockout) - Games missed: ?...reason: collective bargaining agreement
  • (Also brief lockouts in 1995 and 1996 but resulted in no real work stoppage as they were both settled very quickly...the '96 lockout only took a few hours to be settled on July 11th of that year...there was a dispute on how to split $50 million in television revenue)

I think I hit all of stoppages in professional sports...never quite get them...favorite quote based on how much athletes make...from a Rick Reilly (my favorite sports writer and really just writer in general) article based on Latrell Sprewell's $14.6 million salary..."According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture calculations, he should be able to feed his wife, Candace, and six kids for $19,237 this year. Even if you take out taxes and agent fees--which leaves him about $8.3 million--he could feed not only his family, but also 431 other families of eight."

Here's the link:

Enjoy looking up some other Rick Reilly stories!  You'll be glad you did!

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