Seahawks fans fear NFL lockout would hurt team development

Seahawks fans fear NFL lockout would hurt team development

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Seahawks fans fear NFL lockout would hurt team development

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by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 3 at 5:42 PM

SEATTLE -- Seattle Seahawks fans are afraid a 2011 NFL lockout would make if difficult to continue building a championship team.

The players union and owners agreed Thursday to extend their negotiations by 24 hours.  Their collective bargaining agreement was set to expire at the end of the day Thursday. Both sides are working to avoid a work stoppage that could delay or cancel the 2011 season.

"They need to get this done so we're in more of a comfort zone as far as being a fan," said season-ticket holder Lester Stepper.

He remembers watching replacement players hit the field during the 1987 season and does not want to see that happen again.

"It's still football, but it's just not quite as fun," Stepper said.

Greg Buchanan, who co-owns "Hawk One," the award-winning tailgating bus that parks in front of Qwest Field during home games, is afraid a lockout would prevent the Seahawks from building on their playoff win against the Saints.

"We want to take that to the next level," he said.  "We need to win a Super Bowl.  Our biological clocks are ticking if you're over 50 years old."

Buchanan is most concerned about signing quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who would head into the lockout as a free agent.

"He's a key component to the Seahawks and its future," he said.  "If there's any discord after all of this takes place, I think he's someone that can bring the team together."

If a lockout takes place, NFL policy says season-ticket holders will receive full refunds for all games that are canceled.

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