Lockout Watch 2011! Obama weighs in

I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but the first item U.S. President Barack Obama was asked about during a Thursday afternoon press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon: the looming NFL lockout.

And while Obama said the right thing, he likely put a little more pressure on the two sides to get something done.

“You’ve got owners, most of whom are worth close to a billion dollars. You’ve got players who are making millions of dollars,” said President Obama. “People are having to cut back, compromise and worry about making mortgage (payments)…The two parties should be able to work it out without the President of the United States intervening.”

Mr. Obama allowed that he is indeed a big football fan. “But I also think that for an industry that’s making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way,” said Mr. Obama. Besides he said, “I’ve got a lot of other stuff to do!”

(Via CNN)