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Bears’ Phillips: Lockout Was Necessary, But Expect 2011 Season

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Chicago Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips issued a statement Saturday expressing his feelings on the NFL lockout , but has promised to do everything possible to prepare for a championship team in the 2011 season.

“We’re disappointed in the need to take this step, but it is necessary for the long- term health of our league,” Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips said. “Ultimately we believe an agreement will be reached at the bargaining table.  As an individual club, our team focus is on our preparation for the 2011 season and we want Bears fans to know we are going to continue to do everything we can within the League rules to prepare for a championship season.   Our immediate focus is on preparing for the draft.  We also continue to evaluate our team and will be ready to take advantage of all avenues to improve our team once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.”

Despite the lockout, Phillips is determined to continue preparing the Bears for a championship this summer.

“Some aspects of this offseason may look different, but our commitment to winning remains the same.  We need to build off the success we had in 2010.  We are committed to our fan base and appreciate their patience throughout this process.  We will do our best to create opportunities for Bears fans to ask questions and keep them informed of what is happening with their team and the labor discussions.  We still plan to host fan events this offseason starting with our “Ultimate Weekend” which includes our Draft Party and Bears Expo at Soldier Field.

The Bears’ President and CEO is confident the team will make another championship run in the 2011 season and expects a deal to be made.

“A deal will get done and we expect to play football in 2011.  Our goal remains the same as we prepare to play, bringing a Super Bowl title back to Chicago.”

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