The mailboxes of city and state leaders last week weren't filled with glad tidings from the NFL Players Association. Nope, just a good old fashioned letter warning that a lockout between the NFL and the players would cost Kansas City and the other 31 NFL cities $160 million in revenue.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon received his letter on November 26, which is double bad for the Show-Me State with teams in KC and St. Louis.
The letter reads: "Owners will continue to thrive financially at the
expense of serious job losses among your constituents and major lost
The players' union is trying to get support from elected officials, which KC leaders have already supported a resolution against a lockout.
The owners released a statement saying the NFLPA's request for political leaders' intervention "ignores and denigrates the serious and far more
substantial problems that those leaders and that state and local workers
across the country face."
"We can resolve
our own issues as we have done many times in the past, but the NFLPA has
to want to participate in resolving them," the statement reads. "The best way to ensure
uninterrupted NFL football in 2011 is for the union to stop asking
everyone else to solve its problems and to sit down and engage in
serious, constructive bargaining. If the union does so, we can and will
reach an agreement."
The collective bargaining agreement expires March 3.