December 1, 2010 / 3:06 AM / 9 years ago

League to refund tickets if 2011 games canceled

New York Giants fans celebrate the Giants first touchdown in their new stadium, against the Carolina Panthers in East Rutherford, New Jersey, September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Football League will refund general admission tickets for any 2011 preseason and regular season games that are canceled due to a work stoppage, the league announced on Tuesday.

The collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association expires on March 3, and without a new agreement, NFL owners are expected to lock out players.

“We are working hard to secure an agreement with the union that is fair and forward-thinking to ensure our game is sound and strong well into the future,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

“We know we will reach an agreement at some point. We all want football without interruption, but our fans are entitled to know now that they would receive refunds if any games are canceled.”

The players association did not have an immediate response to the league announcement.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Julian Linden

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