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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 4: Owners Reaching Out To Fans
Published March 15, 2011
BUSINESS AS USUAL: Browns President Mike Holmgren yesterday, during a press conference to address the labor situation, said, "It's going to be business as usual in the building for the Cleveland Browns' organization." The Browns are "preparing for the NFL Draft in late April, and they don't plan on laying off team employees or cutting the pay of assistant coaches." Holmgren: "Our philosophy is we're gonna keep people working. ... We have a lot of good people here working very, very hard doing their jobs, and we'll continue to do that." He added that "ticket holders will be refunded with interest if any Browns home games are canceled because of the labor situation" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 3/15). Bills CEO Russ Brandon also "reached out to season-ticket holders Monday by sending them a message aimed at easing their fears over the NFL's lockout of players." Brandon in a statement said, "Although the off-season has not kicked off in typical fashion, one constant is the Buffalo Bills commitment to our season ticket holders, business partners and fans. On March 28, we will hold our second annual premium seat-holder and sponsor 'State of the Bills' event, featuring coach [Chan] Gailey and GM Buddy Nix. We also are excited to host our annual Draft Day Party here at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse on April 28 and 29 for all of our season ticket holders" (BUFFALO NEWS, 3/15). The Titans in a letter to fans said that "season-ticket holders would be entitled to refunds or a credit in the event of canceled games." A team spokesperson said any decision on layoffs, pay cuts or furloughs is "between the team and its employees" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 3/15).