Dear Commissioner Goodell--
It was a surprise and pleasure to receive your recent email. I appreciate your initiative in communicating to fans current status of the CBA negotiations. As you said, we fans care deeply about the league, our teams, and the players; anything that threatens our ability to enjoy NFL football as usual is a matter of great concern.
I assume your statement, “I know we can and will reach an agreement,” was meant to allay that concern. Unfortunately, it does not. You made no mention of whether agreement will come before the expiry of the current CBA, before the NFL Draft, before training camp, before the 2011 regular season, or even within our lifetimes. Of course, an agreement will eventually be reached. What fans want to know is if you are committed to reaching an agreement in a fashion and timeframe that respects our investment in the game.