The NFL lockout has been getting quite a lot of attention. With training camps and the preseason around the corner, the 111-day-old work stoppage is beginning to stress out even casual fans.

The NBA lockout is less than a week old, but the early stages have arguably been worse than they were when the football world imploded back in March. Owners, players and fans are preparing for a long battle.

Meanwhile, the world of ballet is about to join the labor strife fray:

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Joffrey Ballet dancers will be locked out and the first part of the company’s season has been canceled because their union has failed to agree on a new contract, according to a letter sent by the ballet company to its dancers.

The old contract with the American Guild of Musical Artists expired midnight Thursday, and the Ballet company sent the letter on Friday.

“We have, with great reluctance, been forced to cancel the beginning of our 2011-2012 Season,” the letter stated. “Without any agreement with your Union, we simply cannot consider going forward with our season under the cloud of a lingering threat that, at any time, AGMA could shut it down with a strike.”

I feel particularly bad for those who live in Chicago and count football, basketball and dance among their passions. On the bright side, the White Sox can move to .500 with a win against the Royals tonight.

(Hat tip: Darren Rovell on Twitter)

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