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Roger Goodell’s letter to fans: Your passion for the game drives us all

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a news conference before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, in Minneapolis. The game is being played at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium because of damage to the Metrodome roof. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is appealing directly to NFL fans this evening, penning an open letter regarding the NFL Players’ Association’s decision to decertify and take the ongoing labor battle to court.

“While we are disappointed with the union’s actions, we remain steadfastly committed to reaching an agreement that serves the best interest of NFL players, clubs and fans, and thank you for your continued support of our league,” Goodell wrote. “First and foremost it is your passion for the game that drives us all, and we will not lose sight of this as we continue to work for a deal that works for everyone.”

But the truth is, both sides’ actions suggest that they don’t much care about the fans’ passion for the game. They’ve decided to fight rather than come to an agreement, which is obviously what the fans wanted.

Goodell, however, is telling fans that what he wants is to sit down and work out an agreement.

“We remain committed to collective bargaining and the federal mediation process until an agreement is reached, and call on the union to return to negotiations immediately,” Goodell writes. “NFL players, clubs, and fans want an agreement. The only place it can be reached is at the bargaining table.”