Owner and club statements in wake of NFL-NFLPA labor strife

The NFL teams and ownership groups have practiced PR outreach in the week since the NFLPA decertified the afternoon of March 11 and the NFL, not recognizing the action, locked out the players at midnight the same day.

With the threat of a summer without football after April’s NFL Draft, the teams have tried to both reassure fans of the league’s committment to a deal and to express disappointment with the NFLPA’s action to decertify. Each club was on its own in determining how to communicate with the fans, outside of the league’s own press releases.

What follows is a breakdown of statements issued by the clubs, and any owner/top executive interviews conducted with the club’s web site or other media in the week since. The list was compiled by checking each club web site, going over Twitter posts and checking national media sites.

This is as a complete a list as BlogAndTackle.net could find as of mid-afternoon March 18:

NFL Team Press Releases/Owner Statements Post-CBA Expiration (Updated 3/18/11)
Source: BlogAndTackle.net research of NFL club web sites, national media sources (3/18)
Team NameTeam Press ReleaseOwner/Top Exec Statements
ArizonaPresident Michael Bidwill Video (3/10)
Michael Bidwill Q&A (3/14)
AtlantaArthur Blank Statement (3/14)Arthur Blank Interview (Fox 8; 3/14/11)
BuffaloCEO Russ Brandon Statement (3/15)
CarolinaJerry Richardson Interview (3/14)
ChicagoPresident/CEO Ted Phillips Statement (3/12)
CincinnatiMike Brown Q&A (3/12)
Who Dey Perspective (editorial; 3/18)
ClevelandPresident Mike Holmgren Press Conference (3/14)
DenverPat Bowlen Letter To Fans (3/14)
Green BayPresident Mark Murphy Interview (3/12)
IndianapolisJim Irsay Interview (3/15)
JacksonvilleWayne Weaver Letter (3/15)
Kansas CityKC Chiefs Statement (3/12)
Clark Hunt Letter (3/16)
Clark Hunt Interview (3/12)
MiamiCEO Mike Dee Letter (3/14)
MinnesotaZygi & Mark Wilf Letter To Season Ticket Holders (3/14)
New EnglandRobert Kraft Statement (3/12)
New OrleansClub Statement (3/12)GM Mickey Loomis Interview (3/16)
New York GiantsStatement From John Mara & Steve Tisch (3/12)John Mara Interview (3/15)
New York JetsWoody Johnson Statement (3/12)
PhiladelphiaJeffreyLurie & President Joe Banner Letter (3/12)Joe Banner Interview (3/16)
PittsburghArt Rooney II Statement (3/12)Q&A With Art Rooney (3/13)
San DiegoPresident Dean Spanos StatementDean Spanos Q&A (3/14)
San FranciscoJed York Statement (3/13)
St. LouisExecutive VP Kevin Demoff (3/15)
Tampa Bay
TennesseeBud Adams Letter (3/14)
WashingtonVP/GM Bruce Allen Letter (3/15)

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