ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW-TV) - The Buffalo Bills released a statement to season ticket holders and fans late Monday night. Here is what Bills CEO Russ Brandon said:
"We share our fans' disappointment with the news on Friday that the NFLPA has filed for decertification and a work stoppage has begun. We remain hopeful that a new and fair agreement can be reached in time to avoid any significant disruption to our preparations for the 2011 season. We believe that the quickest way to a fair agreement for everyone: players, teams and fans, is through negotiations facilitated by the mediator and not through litigation."
"As an organization, winning a championship continues to be our number one goal. Under the direction of General Manager Buddy Nix our entire football staff is hard at work preparing for the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft where we have the 3rd overall selection. Coach Gailey and his staff are also hard at work preparing for when our team returns to the field. Concurrently, the administrative departments continue to work diligently on the day-to-day business operations in preparation for the season."
"Although the off-season has not kicked off in typical fashion, on constant is the Buffalo Bills commitment to our season ticket holders, business partners and fans. On March 28th we will hold our second annual premium seat holder and sponsor 'state of the Bills' event featuring Coach Gailey and GM Buddy Nix. We also are excited to host our annual Draft Day Party here at the Bills Fieldhouse on April 28th and 29th for all of our season ticket holders."
"We certainly appreciate the support and patience of our fans and we look forward to presenting a full season of exciting Buffalo Bills football in 2011."