NFL players urge fans to sign petition

January 18, 2011 2:53:57 PM PST
NFL players are taking to Twitter, directing followers to a new website that pleads their case in the ongoing labor dispute with owners.

The site,, is hosting an online petition that will help fans show support for the game.

A petition letter also hosted on the site reads, in part "As fans and members of our local communities, a lockout would have a devastating impact on our local and regional economies. Stadium employees will be jobless, and sports bars, police officers, restaurants, hotels and various support staff who work for this game will also be affected."

The NFL has not missed games due to labor strife since 1987, when the players went on strike and the owners continued the season with replacement players.

But the prospect of a lost season in 2011 intensified when owners opted out of the collective bargaining agreement in 2008, saying they could not make a profit if required to give almost 60 cents of every $1 in revenue to the players.