The Winnipeg Jets are warning season ticket holders all or part of the upcoming NHL hockey season may be in jeopardy due to a possible labour dispute between the league and players union.
But the club has a contingency plan and stakeholders will be advised of those plans should the need arise.
In the club's first public statement concerning a possible labour dispute, Jets owners True North Sports and Entertainment sent an email to luxury box owners, season ticket holders and those on the ticket waiting list, saying the club has developed plans in the event of a strike or lockout.
"As you may be aware from recent reports in the media, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association are currently engaged in the process of negotiating a successor Collective Bargaining Agreement to their current Agreement, which expires Saturday, September 15th, 2012. Although it is the League's objective to successfully conclude negotiations for the new Agreement by September 15th, it is possible this may not occur.
In the event a new Agreement is not reached in this timeframe, and a work stoppage ensues, the Winnipeg Jets' training camp could be postponed, and there is the potential for preseason and regular season games to be cancelled. The purpose of this letter is therefore threefold: (1) to ensure you are aware of the possibility of this occurring, (2) to advise you that we have developed contingency plans including policies and procedures in the event of game cancellations and, (3) to advise you that we will communicate these contingency plans to you immediately upon being advised by the League that a work stoppage has formally commenced.
It remains our hope, as well as that of the League and all those involved, that agreement on the terms of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement will be reached in short order. However, as a valued season ticket holder we wanted to take this opportunity to make you aware of the possibility of a work stoppage occurring and assure you that plans will be in place should we be faced with the potential of missed games."