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Hall of Fame Game still scheduled for Aug. 7

Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:52 am
Edited on: July 5, 2011 11:06 am
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

After taking the weekend off to celebrate our country's independence, the lawyers for the owners and players resumed talks today, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith aren't expected to be present for the negotiations until Thursday, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

The hope is that a new collective bargaining agreement can be reached by mid-July; if the lockout lasts beyond that, preseason games could be cancelled and owners and players could stand to lose up to $800 million.

While we wouldn't say optimism is high, there are signs that the two sides will resolve their differences and the 2011 season will begin on time.

Over the weekend, it was announced that the Cowboys set a July 29 training camp date at the Alamodome in San Antonio. And Tuesday, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports that the Pro Football Hall of Fame game between the Bears and Rams is still scheduled for August 7. The game is part of the Hall of Fame induction weekend in Canton, Ohio, and is the first game of the NFL preseason.

"We're making all plans to have the game on time. We've heard from both parties -- the owners and the players -- and they've expressed their desire to have the game. So, that's our plan," hall president Steve Perry told ESPN.

"Ticket sales are lagging behind where they were compared to this time last year," Perry acknowledged. "That's understandable. There is some uncertainty out there. But we're planning to have the game. Nobody has told us otherwise. In fact, both sides have told us they want to play the game."

Traditionally, the game is a sellout, but Perry said that only half the tickets for the 22,000-seat Fawcett Stadium have been sold. Just like the regular season, if the game isn't sold out it would be blacked out in Canton and the surrounding areas.

Both the Bears and the Rams have told Perry they plan to play in the game, but because of the lockout neither team knows exactly when they will be able to start training camp. If a new CBA isn't reached in the next 10 days or so and preseason games are ultimately delayed or cancelled, Perry told ESPN that the Hall of Fame game could be postponed or played on another date.

"That's not our desire," he said. "It would not have the same impact as having it on Hall of Fame Weekend."

The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, however, are unaffected by the lockout and will go on as planned.

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Hall of Fame Game still scheduled for Aug. 7

Now there is a statement from someone who is clueless. I have been at the last 15 HOF games, i can tell you for a fact that it is one of the best football weekends there is. Everyone who is a football fan needs to make the pilgrimage to Canton. The fans you see there year in and year out, as well as new fans there because one of their favorite players is going into the Hall are great. The game is there to get you in the mood or frame of mind that summer is over and it's time for football. My son calls it his best weekend of the year.



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Hall of Fame Game still scheduled for Aug. 7

The N.F.L. Hall of Fame game is meaningless therefore it should be played in a meaningless time slot.  I wonder if any of the Hall of Fame parties stay to watch the "game."  If we are lucky, there will be a severe thunderstorm and the N.F.L. will be forced to move the game to the off week between the Conference Championships and the Super Bowl.


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