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March 13, 2011
Jed York: I encourage your patience and understanding

Many of the NFL owners have addressed the current lockout. Today, the 49ers released this letter from President Jed York:

Dear Fans,

As I am sure you are aware, the Collective Bargaining Agreement --the contract between the NFL and the labor union representing the players--has expired. On Friday, the union filed for decertification and we have now entered into a lockout. Although this is not the outcome any of us wanted, the NFL remains committed to collective bargaining and the federal mediation process, which we believe is the fastest way to a fair agreement for both the players' union and the clubs. The ultimate goal is to establish an agreement that is good for the long-term health of the league and provides a tremendous product for you, our fans.

Please know that regardless of how this offseason unfolds the 49ers commitment to building a championship football team remains steadfast. As such, we will be prepared to take advantage of every opportunity within the league rules to be ready for a successful 2011 season.

As you might expect, Trent Baalke and Coach Harbaugh, as well as their respective staffs, are working tirelessly to prepare for the upcoming draft. And, as in recent years, we will be inviting you to participate in the draft weekend excitement with our annual Draft Contest and Draft Day Party, which will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. In fact, to every extent possible, we will be operating with a business-as-usual attitude. So, this summer, keep an eye out for announcements inviting you to our annual Family Day and State of the Franchise, as well as additional Fan Forums.

Throughout these labor proceedings, I will be committed to keeping an open line of communication with our entire fan base. Like me, you are all true fans of the NFL, so I encourage your patience and understanding during this time. And, of course, I thank you for your continued support of the San Francisco 49ers.


Jed York
President & CEO, San Francisco 49ers

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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