So the story goes, if they are told by the court to lift the lockout, the owners may cease operations, because doing so would force the players' hand, and in legal terminology wouldn't be a "lockout." It's just a rumor at this point, but when asked about it directly, Goodell did not refute this possibility. Even if they wouldn't actually lower themselves to such behavior, the fact that they don't deny it kinda says "we don't answer to anybody's rules. we do what we want." Now I don't want to be biased to the point of not considering both sides equally. And it's clear the players are using whatever drastic measure they contrive. Not many sane people would try to tell a private business to run a deficit, and if the owners convinced the fans that teams are, in fact, loosing money, they would have tons of support. If this rumor has any truth. they would rather have a court tell them to lift the lockout, then turn around and completely shut down rather than show the players the books. I sure hope it's just a rumor, b/c behavior like that may do irreversible damage.