Will teams refund money on tickets for games played during a strike?
A: Yes. All persons holding tickets for games scheduled during a strike may receive a refund by turning tickets in at designated refund locations by the Tuesday before a game. Season ticket holders may waive a refund and receive credit toward 1988 season tickets. There will be no loss of season ticket priority for season-ticket holders who apply for a refund or credit. The Redskins said they will announce refund plans "soon."
What am I going to see on television?
A: CBS plans to show an expanded "The NFL Today" and a replay of this year's Super Bowl game between the Giants and Broncos Sunday. A CBS spokesman said the network intends to televise games on Oct. 4 if owners are able to field strike teams, but declined comment whether his network is obligated to televise future games by replacement players. If the league is idled, CBS likely will move some college football games to Sunday. NBC will show an expanded "NFL Live" and a Detroit Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays baseball game Sunday. ABC, which televises a game each Monday night, plans to show a movie, "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock", Monday.
Will strike games count in the standings?
How much will the owners lose if the strike shuts down the league?
A: About $1 million per week for the average team, according to union estimates based on figures provided by the Management Council. A team's gross revenues per week -- including television money, gate receipts, luxury box receipts, parking, concessions and local radio money -- is $1.854 million. The union estimates owners would save $854,000 per week in player salaries and player-related expenses.
What about the players?
A: The union estimates they will lose about $15,000 per man a week during a strike.
What is the main issue in this strike?
A: The form of free agency players will have in the future. For a player to switch teams under the current system, the new team must pay compensation in the form of high draft choices and a player's old team has the right of first refusal; in 10 years, only one player moved under this system. The players want unrestricted free agency after four full seasons and only right of first refusal for players with less than four years experience. The owners want to keep the framework of compensation and right of first refusal but are willing to liberalize the numbers.