Mayors, City Officials Ask NFL To Commit To Not Locking Out The Players

February 16th, 2011

City officials are doing their part to make sure there is an NFL season in 2011.  Mayors and politicians from several NFL cities have written letters to their local team’s owner and Commissioner Roger Goodell urging them to take a lockout off the negotiating table.

Minneapolis Mayer R.T. Rybak recently sent a letter to Goodell stating that a missed Vikings season would cost the city $6 million for each regular season game and $9 million for any additional playoff game.  Rybak’s chief concern is that a lockout would “hurt working families in Minneapolis.”

Rybak continued, “Directly and indirectly, these dollars support a wide variety of good jobs for workers in the hospitality, hotel and service industries.”

In the letter, Rybak called for the NFL to publicly commit to staying at the table until an agreement is reached in order to prevent a lockout of the players.

More than a dozen San Diego politicians signed a letter sent to the NFL and its team owners with a similar message to commit to not locking out the players.

“Our local businesses benefit from avid NFL fans, including visitors who stay in San Diego hotels when they travel here to attend Chargers games,” the letter states. “With the current economic downturn, we must do everything we can to protect our local economy.”

Among the signees were Rep. Bob Filner; state senators Juan Vargas and Christine Kehoe; Assembly members Toni Atkins, Marty Block and Ben Hueso; county Supervisor Greg Cox and Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister; and San Diego City Council members Marti Emerald, Todd Gloria, Sherri Lightner and Tony Young.

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser made his message clear in a letter to Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt.

“I call upon the owners to announce to the fans that they will not lock out the players. The players already have pledged to not strike. By making the parallel commitment, the owners would create the breathing room for a deal to be struck. This is common sense if the owners truly want to keep the game going, as Commissioner Goodell has stated.”

For more on the letters written to the NFL and team owners, click on the links below:

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Rybak to National Football League: Let the games continue”

Kansas City Star, “Funkhouser calls on Hunt to make pledge against lockout”

FOX Sports, “K.C. mayor urges owners to pledge against lockout”

San Diego 6, “Local Politicians Urge the NFL to Avoid a Lockout”

One Response to “Mayors, City Officials Ask NFL To Commit To Not Locking Out The Players”

  1. NFL Lockout Says:

    Thank you NFLPA for being a great go to source on all things about the lockout. Like the city mayors, I too am keeping my fingers crossed about this NFL Lockout.

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