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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco dons a powder blue jersey and shorts to play a different kind of football. He tried out for Sporting Kansas City, a Major League Soccer team, weeks after the start of the 2011 NFL lockout. (flickr)

Odd Jobs For Locked-Out Athletes

by John Asante
Jul 19, 2011

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There's no question that the ongoing NBA and NFL lockouts (to date, 18 and 131 days long, respectively) have created much tension between the players and owners. The livelihoods of those who work at the stadiums hang in the balance, as well as the fate of many fantasy football teams and leagues. Some players have even spoken on the record about the lockout's potential off-field impact.

What the lockout has also taught us is that some pro sports players are constantly on the grind. Perhaps the first player who caught my attention was Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals. A few weeks after the lockouts began, the social media-savvy wide receiver tried his hand at another professional sport: soccer. He attended a tryout for Sporting Kansas City, a Major League Soccer Team, and was asked to play in a reserve game.

Ron Artest (now known to the world as Metta World Peace) of the Los Angeles Lakers has been using the off-season to further improve his once bad boy image. From a comedy tour, to roles in sitcoms and offers to play overseas, there's no doubt that he's staying busy.

And if the moonlighting hasn't given team owners pause, this next bit might light a few fires.

At the 2011 ESPYs, SNL cast member Seth Myers couldn't help but share his concerns about how NBA and NFL players were spending their time and making a living. But if you've seen Myers host any event in the last few years (see: this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner), you know to take his words with a grain of salt.

In a hilarious infomercial putting nearly every late-night ad I've seen to shame, five professional athletes showcase the odd jobs they're willing to take on — for a hefty cost.

While "Lockout Professionals" is a fabricated and temporary means to an end, where do you see this going? If the 2011-2012 NBA and NFL season do not come to fruition, do you think more athletes will take on odd jobs?

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