Introducing: George’s Mailbag

March 30th, 2011

Dear NFL Fans,

In an effort to engage more directly and substantively with you, I am starting a new mailbag feature on www.nfllockout.com. I invite you to email me your questions and comments every week and I pledge to answer as many of them as I can with candor and sincerity. The questions and responses will be posted to the website every Monday by 11:00am eastern. If you want to ask me a question privately about the lockout, you are welcome to do that as well, but please specify so in your email.

I do my best to stay active on Twitter (@georgeatallah) and respond to your questions, comments and concerns. More often than not, 140 characters aren’t enough to convey the appropriate information necessary. Many of you are frustrated with the situation. I am frustrated with the situation. Above all, the players are frustrated with the situation because they can’t play. What’s worse, there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding critical issues related to the lockout.

There are a number of fans that have already emailed me with questions in the last few weeks and I will get to those as well, especially those that have been pending in my inbox for quite some time. Since mediation began, emails have been piling up and I am –slowly – digging out. This type of direct interaction is important to me and to the players.

With that, you can begin sending me your questions today to the email address mailbag@nflplayers.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Bring it on.

Sincerely,

George Atallah
Assistant Executive Director
External Affairs
NFLPA

2 Responses to “Introducing: George’s Mailbag”

  1. markus koch Says:

    Dear George,

    Thanks to you and the rest of the executive committee the current NFL Players are in a very strong position to renegotiate the rules and distributions of the game of football.

    As a former player, I think the motto of ONE TEAM is hugely appropriate on a number of levels, not the least of which is our relationship with our fans, who are after all the ONLY reason that professional football is viable.

    My question is this; are we (as active and former players) ready and willing to assert our edict of ONE TEAM to include our host communities in the distribution of profits beyond salaries and expenses? Would it not make more sense to directly benefit our REAL public co-owners with our remarkable profits, rather than 32 promoters and their very private interests? A large portion of our income is derived from the coffers and pockets of the public (fans). Would it not be appropriate to reinvest that income to benefit the greater portion of our basis of support ? Can we walk the talk of better healthcare, working conditions, and long term sustainability to include the SOURCE of our income by direct community support of health clinics, public jobs, organic farming and other social infrastructure within our society? We are what we eat, and none of us live isolated and immune from our cultural resources. Fellow Players like David Meggyesy and Chip Oliver have been pointing this out for decades.

    It seems to me that at this point in time a failure to recognize and honor where our prosperity actually comes from would be a short sighted dis-service to ourselves, our future players AND our loyal fans.

    ONE TEAM
    Players own the game. Let’s feed it rather than bleed it.

    Markus Koch

  2. custom nfl jerseys Says:

    portion of our basis of support ? Can we walk the talk of better healthcare, working conditions, and long term sustainability to include the SOURCE of our income by direct community support of health clinics, public jobs, organic farming and other social infrastructure within our society? We are what we eat, and none of us live isolated and immune from our cultural resources. Fellow Players like David Meggyesy and Chip Oliver have been pointing this out for decades.

    It seems to me that at this point in time a failure to recognize and honor where our prosperity actually comes from would be a short sighted dis-service to ourselves, our future players AND our loyal fans.

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