NFL Lockout 2011: Giants Owners Issue Statement

(L to R) New York Giants owner John Mara, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II walk together as they depart after failing to reach an agreement in labor talks at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) continue to negotiate a labor dispute as a deadline looms at the end of a 7 day extension of talks. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

The owners of the New York Giants, John Mara and Steve Tisch, have issued a joint statement regarding the current NFL Lockout. Here it is:

Dear Giants Fans:

We are as disappointed as you are in the developments of the past week and the current state of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.


For there to be no CBA in place today is extremely disappointing, given the amount of time and hard work and the numerous conversations devoted to achieving an agreement, not just in the last two weeks but over the last two years. We are not happy about that and we certainly understand and appreciate your unhappiness and frustration.


Where we are today serves no positive purpose for you, for our players and for the National Football League. Although we had hoped and expected to have an agreement by now and are disappointed that we do not, we remain as committed as ever to returning this process where it belongs, which is the negotiating table. We are convinced that what we have stated many times remains true, that there will be a new agreement and there will be a 2011 NFL season. It is just a matter of when we are able to reach an accord on the current issues.


The impatience and the displeasure we know you are feeling is completely understandable. We can only assure you that the point of the entire process is to make our game as strong as it can possibly be and to enable it to continue to grow for the good of everybody - the league, the players and the fans.


The last thing we wanted is for the business end of our sport to play out this way. We know people frankly don’t care how owners and players manage their business. These negotiations distract and detract from what is most important to all of us: the game.


We are doing all we can to return the focus as quickly as possible to where it belongs, the field of play.

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