Falcons owner Arthur Blank wrote a letter to the fans on Sunday and contended that “the NFLPA walked away from a deal that was more than fair.”
It’s his second letter to the fans since the NFLPA decertified on March 11. The union’s move was followed by the NFL locking out the players. The NFLPA filed an antitrust lawsuit which is scheduled for a hearing on April 6 in Minneapolis.
In the letter, Blank states that the owners spent a great deal of time discussing the labor situation at the recently concluded league meeting in New Orleans.
“I can speak for the NFL and its owners in telling you that we all want a quick resolution of the current labor dispute, and we are ready to get back to the negotiating table at any time,” Blank wrote. “We have great respect for our players and want them to rejoin us in preparing for the 2011 season as quickly as possible.”
He pointed out the work of team president Rich McKay, who is the chairman of the league’s competition committee.
He also noted that the Falcons are moving forward with plans for the upcoming season and that they are looking forward to the NFL Draft on April 28-30.
“I will continue to keep you informed,” Blank wrote. “In the meantime, I hope we can count on your support as we work through this difficult situation.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog