yes, you get to enjoy new features like "watch T.V mode" and "sue the owners mode," you can even get the DLC expansion: kill the NFL and get new owners and players into the UFL so there will still be football! It's going to be AWESOME! (I've even heard of rumors about a "sit on your couch and tweet" mode that im really excited for)
I believe offseason/lockout mode is enabled by default when you start a franchise. It's mostly a Saint's Row clone where you build up your codeine cough syrup empire. When the players meet with the owners, you have discussions using Bioware's dialog circle where you can end the lockout or gain "street cred" and "keep it real". Take control of player's financial management to take out a high-interest loan for $1M or have your family only eat at 3-star restaurants.
Awesome post lol, I wish Madden would have a lockout this year so they can actually improve the game. I've been disappointed the past few years.
Or they should have a game called madden lockout and have online multiplayer 1v1 where one player is the players union and the other the owners. Then spectators could be the jury. Yes that would be cool.