Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Lockout'11: More season-ticket outrage
By Kevin Seifert
I'm working on a few football-related posts Wednesday morning, but I couldn't help but bring to your attention Sally Jenkins' latest column in The Washington Post.
Among other things, Jenkins hammers NFL owners for initiating a lockout that could potentially "padlock stadiums that taxpayers helped pay for." And echoing what I've been ranting for some time about, Jenkins suggests owners should push back season-ticket payments until after a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
Here's what Brian Frederick, the executive director of the Sports Fans Coalition, told Jenkins:
"The NFL needs to immediately stop soliciting season ticket payments, asking people to pay on the chance there will be a season. They get access to tremendous capital and the interest on it, and state attorneys and local governments should immediately start looking into the issue in terms of the amount of money they've invested in these stadiums, and making sure their investment is protected."
As we noted Monday, some NFC North teams are offering nominal interest on refunds for any canceled games. In the end, much of Jenkins' outrage will be moot (there you go, Andy of Fort Collins) if the full 2011 season is played. In the overall scheme of things, there are no right and wrong sides in this dispute. It takes two to tango.
But on a micro level, some bi-products of the lockout seem patently inappropriate. Asking your best customers for full financial support at a time when you've shut down your business -- remember, a lockout in essence means no games until further notice -- falls into that category.