Giants owner John Mara announced on Wednesday that the team's season-ticket holders will not be forced to pay anything toward next year's seats until the labor situation has been resolved. According to Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, all 31 other teams are requiring fans to pay for all or part of their tickets, even with the potential that games could be missed in the 2011 season if a new Collective Bargaining Agreement isn't worked out.
In an interview with WFAN radio in New York, Mara said that invoices will be sent next week to season-ticket holders with a letter he co-wrote along with Giants executive vice president and chairman Steve Tisch. The letter, according to Mara, will explain that seats can be paid for in full by May 1 — the normal date the Giants require full payment to be submitted — but they can also opt to wait until a new CBA is agreed upon before paying. Fans will have to authorize the team to charge their credit card once an agreement between the players and owners is reached.
Giants vice president of communications Pat Hanlon said ticket prices will not go up in the team's second season in New Meadowlands Stadium.
The way we see it
Hats off to Mara and the Giants for being fair and honorable to their fans. Nobody would have blinked an eye had the team followed the lead of every other franchise in the league and tried to stockpile as much money as possible during the lockout, but the Giants seem to understand the fans' frustration with the entire process. By not charging their fans until a deal is worked out, the team has likely built up some goodwill even in this time of trouble for the league.