In response to the NFL lockout, the Detroit Lions are doing their best to mend the fences with fans potentially upset over the possibility of there being no football in 2011. Of course, we've still got quite a bit of time before football games are threatened, but it doesn't hurt to be proactive about the situation. That is why Lions president Tom Lewand sent a letter to season-ticket holders discussing the labor situation and outlining the Lions' intention to refund tickets with interest if games are missed. The letter, via WXYZ, can be seen below.
In the interest of communicating openly with our most valued customers, we wanted to write to keep you updated on how the expiration of the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement may impact the 2011 season.
As you probably know, the Collective Bargaining Agreement —the contract between the league and the labor union representing the players —has expired. The NFL is working hard to reach a new agreement with the players, and we hope the negotiation process does not disrupt this football season. You should know that it is no way disrupting our preparation for a great 2011 season.
In the event any games are cancelled, be assured we will provide you with a full refund, with simple interest, for any cancelled preseason or regular-season home games. We will provide you with the details of the refund program at the appropriate time should it become necessary. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the refund policy, or any other matter, please contact your account representative or any sales representative at (313) 262-2011.
We are sorry the CBA expiration has created some uncertainty during this offseason. We understand and respect that what is most important to you and to all of our fans is that we play football in 2011.
We share your passion for NFL football and your excitement for the upcoming season. Our coaches and personnel department continue to work diligently to prepare for the NFL Draft in April and to be ready as soon as the teams and the players are able to come to a fair agreement for both sides.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We greatly appreciate your support of the Detroit Lions and will continue to keep you informed of our plans for the 2011 season.
I don't think there's any doubt that the Lions are handling the lockout about as best as they can right now.