Absent any better news, we’ve been passing along the emails and statements sent from NFL teams to their fans following the start of the league’s work stoppage.
The Texans sent out one of the blandest notes yet to their season ticket holders, from team president Jamey Rootes rather than owner Bob McNair.
“We are working hard to prepare for the 2011 NFL season. At the same time, the league and NFL Players Association are working to establish a new collective bargaining agreement,” Rootes said.
“Unfortunately, those discussions broke down Friday. You are probably quite aware of this situation due to the intense media coverage of the issue. However, I wanted to reach out to you directly to provide you with access to a few key documents which review the current state of affairs.”
At that point, the Texans passed along a few league-friendly links. The whole thing is rather like a blog post, without the snarky comments about the lame Texans defense. Like the Lions, the Texans didn’t try to blame the union in their team message.
The end of the letter includes the following passage:
“Despite the challenges, the CBA development process for the 2011 season and beyond continues. Likewise, our preparations for the 2011 season are in high gear and we are looking forward to providing you an exceptional experience at Reliant Stadium this fall.”
We like that new nickname for a work stoppage: “The CBA development process.”
Sounds much nicer than Litigeddon.