With the NFL lockout rolling along and plenty of questions surrounding fans still being forced to shell out money upfront for games that may not be played, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt sent a letter to season ticket holders.
We know you are disappointed that negotiations broke down. I was also disappointed that an agreement was not reached last week, but I am not discouraged. While it’s impossible for me, or anyone, to predict the next steps in the process, I hope it will lead back to the negotiating table and, ultimately, to a full 2011 season.
However, in the event preseason or regular-season home games are missed, you will receive a full refund for any canceled Chiefs home games.
Ultimately, we understand that our fans want us to return to football as soon as possible. After a season that began with Monday Night Magic at the grand opening of the New Arrowhead, and culminated in a division championship, we are more focused than ever on improving every area of our team. We know there will be football in the future – and we have already started to plan for the 2011 season. Our football staff is hard at work preparing for the 2011 NFL Draft and our business operations staff is using fan feedback to make the Arrowhead experience the best in the NFL.
Hunt’s letter wasn’t all that much different than the interview he gave over the weekend in which he was hopeful but still throwing jabs at the players. Just like the NFLPA pulling prospects away from the draft, owners continually throwing blame at the feet of the players isn’t helping anything right now.
While it’s good to know season ticket holders will get a refund for any missed games, why should they have to put up any money at this point? Let the people that support the game both sides are fighting over keep the cash in their pockets as long as possible. If Hunt really wants to make an impact, that’s the message he should pass along to his season ticket holders.