You pay your mortgage, right?
It's easier to do with money coming in, right? Now imagine you're NFL owner with a huge mortgage on a stadium you helped finance.That owner pays the mortgage on that debt, just like you.
That's why the ruling Tuesday that NFL owners can't have access to the $4 billion in television revenue they were expecting if thee's a lockout next season is huge.
District Jugde David Doty, who has been a thorn in the league's side in the past with other rulings, overruled special master Stephen Burbank in declaring the league couldn't have access to the TV money next season.
The reason that ruling is a big is because many of the big-power owners, men like Jerry Jones (Cowboys ), Bob Kraft (Patriots) John Mara (Giants) and Woody Johnson (Jets), have big debt service on their stadiums.
They have monster mortgage payments.
Without that money, it becomes tough to pay those notes.
The NFL will appeal the ruling to a higher court, but for now this is big win for the players and maybe a big hit for the fans.
A survey of a handful of players showed them to think this was important for their push.
Without that money, you can bet the owners will want a quicker resolution to these talks.
The lockout insurance -- the TV money -- was a bullet in their gun.
Now they have more empty chambers than they thought.