Ravens president notes 'no-shows,' protests, in letter to fans
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WBFF) - The Baltimore Ravens' president sent a letter to season ticketholders noting "the significant numbers of no-shows" and citing "the one-time protest in London" as a factor.
Although the team has had no-shows in the past, this year "the numbers are higher, and it is noticeable. There are a number of reasons for the no-shows, but surely the one-time protest in London has been a factor," said President Dick Cass in the letter, sent this week to fans.
The letter was shared with FOX45 by a ticketholder.
"We had the poor showing in London, complicated by the kneeling of a dozen players during the National Anthem. That became an emotional and divisive issue. We know that hurt some of you," said Cass in the letter. "Others saw it differently and welcomed the dialogue that followed. Others bluntly told us to keep statements and protests out of the game. There are some of you who have stayed away from our games."
Cass said the team has "responded to your concerns about the protest by re-doubling the efforts of both the organization and our players to make the Baltimore area a better community. We have also reached out to a number of you who wrote or called about the protest."
"I personally made a number of phone calls and met with some of you," he continued. "We don't take your support for granted, and we know that we must continue to earn your respect and investment in us. We are committed to putting the best possible team on the field and providing an outstanding gameday experience for you."