Bears CEO Ted Phillips on lockout

Bears CEO Ted Phillips on lockout

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sat, 03/12/2011 - 13:25
Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips has issued a statement on the NFL’s decision by the owners to lock out the players: “We’re disappointed in the need to take this step,” Phillips said, “but it is necessary for the long- term health of our league. Ultimately we believe an agreement will be reached at the bargaining table. As an individual club, our team focus is on our preparation for the 2011 season, and we want Bears fans to know we are going to continue to do everything we can within the League rules to prepare for a championship season. Our immediate focus is on preparing for the draft. We also continue to evaluate our team and will be ready to take advantage of all avenues to improve our team once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. “Some aspects of this off-season may look different,” Phillips’ statement continued, “but our commitment to winning remains the same. We need to build off the success we had in 2010. We are committed to our fan base and appreciate their patience throughout this process. We will do our best to create opportunities for Bears fans to ask questions and keep them informed of what is happening with their team and the labor discussions. We still plan to host fan events this off-season starting with our “Ultimate Weekend” which includes our Draft Party and Bears Expo at Soldier Field. “A deal will get done and we expect to play football in 2011. Our goal remains the same as we prepare to play, bringing a Super Bowl title back to Chicago.”
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