Scab Players not a big hit with NFL fans

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:27 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Oct. 4, 1987

It's Day 13 of the NFL strike. After 12 days of negotiations, demonstrations, accusations, union meetings, owner meetings, sponsor pullouts, picket lines, egg throwing, name calling and team restocking, the NFL resumes play today with some 1,000 non-union players joining almost 90 non-striking players.

There are sparse crowds and heavy picketing. Average attendance for the 13 games is 16,987, off significantly from the 90 percent of capacity of last season and the first two games this year. Fewer than 5,000 fans attend games in Philadelphia and in the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. In Philadelphia, a convoy of horn-honking trucks, driven by teamsters, circles Veterans Stadium in sympathy with the strikers.

Outside Los Angeles Coliseum, striking Raiders inflate hundreds of red helium balloons carrying the message: "Down with scab football. I support NFL players."