This morning, the Bears sent out an official statement about the NFL's labor crisis to all the disappointed Bears fans. Here's what the team and CEO Ted Phillips said:
Our goal during the ongoing labor situation is to keep you informed on the latest from Halas Hall. Below is a statement released this morning from President and CEO Ted Phillips regarding the current lockout. ChicagoBears.com will continue to cover the latest developments regarding the Chicago Bears and the NFL labor discussion. Thank you for your continued passion and support.Statement from Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips on lockout:
"We're disappointed in the need to take this step, 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 offseason may look different, 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 offseason 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."
Unlike others teams, who are taking furloughs to keep costs down, the Bears will continue their offseason activities. This will help keep the morale high for the team and the fans but in the end, it won't matter because we want to see football in the fall.