Redskins-Fan Relations on the Rocks

Saturday, September 5, 2009

In the Sept. 3 front-page article about the Redskins' zealous efforts to collect from defaulting ticket contract holders ["Hard Luck Runs Into Team's Hard Line"], General Counsel David Donovan was quoted as saying that "everyone that you can identify who is unhappy about the negotiation, I could find you 12 where the fan was appreciative and grateful at the efforts we went to to work out the situation." I think The Post should take Mr. Donovan up on his offer and publish the findings.

I can understand the Redskins' point of view in terms of enforcing its contracts. But the team's harsh and punishing approach is more reminiscent of a character we remember during the winter holidays, about the time when the Redskins are usually wrapping up another playoff-free season. That would be Ebenezer Scrooge.




As I read the first few paragraphs of the Sept. 2 front-page article about Redskins tickets being sold directly to brokers ["Redskins Fans Waited While Brokers Got Tickets"] my mind leaped to the same issue Redskins' lawyer David Donovan raised: "You do realize that there's 91,000 seats in the stadium," he said.

Is it really front-page news that several thousand tickets out of 91,000 end up in the hands of brokers? The article sounded as if hard-core fans were somehow being wronged. Last I checked, Redskins fans have access to the same Internet as other NFL fans, so it's no conspiracy.

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