Described by some in the media as “scare tactics” and by NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith as “bizarre,” a new title can be applied to Commissioner Roger Goodell’s op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.
The Eagles have sent a copy of the column via e-mail to its season-ticket holders. Two recipients have forwarded the message to PFT.
“As you may have heard,” the e-mail begins, “Judge Nelson issued a ruling granting the players a preliminary injunction. The League has filed an appeal in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals which, in part, includes direction as to whether the lockout is lifted during this time period or if the lockout will continue.
“The League remains committed to finding a solution through collective bargaining. We thought it
would be helpful to share the article below that Commissioner Goodell wrote in this morning’s Wall
Though we agree with much of what Goodell writes, we’re not so sure that sending the thing to fans who are getting fed up with both sides is the best way to try to win the hearts and minds of the customers.
Especially at a time when many of the customers are happy to hear that there may indeed be a football season.
UPDATE: Apparently, the e-mail went not only to season-tickets holders but to everyone in the team’s e-mail database, including folks on the waiting list and those who registered to post on the team’s message board.