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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 10: Saints Not Planning Furloughs, Pay Cuts
Published March 21, 2011
STANDING ALONE: In N.Y., Bart Hubbuch notes the Giants are the "only team in the league not to require a payment from its season-ticket holders during the lockout." Giants President & CEO John Mara: "We've asked an awful lot of our season-ticket holders over the last few years in connection with this new stadium, so it was a gesture that (co-owner) Steve Tisch and I thought was a reasonable one to make. ... Everybody has their own individual circumstances. We shouldn't be singled out. I don't know that anybody asks what we've asked of our ticketholders that last few years" (N.Y. POST, 3/21). In contrast, the Steelers "expect fans to make season-ticket payments for the 2011 season." Steelers President Art Rooney II in a letter to season-ticket holders said, "Payments are due, consistent with past practices. ... We will provide refunds for any games cancelled." Payments are "due in full by May 2" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/19). Meanwhile, in St. Louis, Jim Thomas reported the Rams have sent a letter to season-ticket holders and sponsors, saying that "while frustrated that a new labor agreement is not in place, the Rams remain committed to the collective bargaining process and to federal mediation." The letter, which is signed by Rams Exec VP/Football Operations & COO Kevin Demoff, also "details the team's commitment to community service, charitable work, and being fan-friendly" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 3/20).
TOUGH TIMES IN TITLE TOWN: In N.Y., Bill Pennington noted the NFL lockout and the "threat of a canceled 2011 football season have disquieted fans in many American cities, but the unease in Green Bay is profound and multilayered." Pennington noted the Packers "have yet to accept an invitation to the White House, since team leaders did not think President Obama would want to welcome only Packers executives and coaches." They also "have not ordered their Super Bowl rings because they want to consult with the players, whom they are prohibited from contacting during the lockout." Green Bay Alderman Ned Dorff: "What a bad month. As one of my friends told me, 'I'll never forgive the NFL and [Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker for killing my Super Bowl buzz'" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/20).