Stark County's Pro Football Hall of Fame game could be canceled

CANTON, OH (WOIO) - It's that time of year again in Stark County.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement time, but those who love to attend the yearly events may have to survive this year's enshrinement without watching an NFL game.

But, Football fans may be getting some good news next week. Negotiations between the NFL Owners and the Players Association continue. The legal and financial teams for both sides are still at the table this weekend. Fans are hoping they work out a deal on time to play the Hall of Fame Game on August 7th.

At the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton it's business as usual even though many are getting nervous about the leagues negotiations and whether there will be time for a Hall of Fame game this year. That game means big business to this area.

"Certainly the clock is ticking. Hopefully we'll have it resolved soon" said Joe Horrigan, V. P. Communications for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The possibility of no game would be bad news for area hotels and restaurants like Jerzees.

"All of the local businesses in the Canton area benefit" said Paul Durbin of Jerzee's.

The big deal that week is the Enshrinement Ceremony which is scheduled for August 6th no matter what happens. If there is a game it is scheduled for August 7th. In this years game the Bears are set to take on the Rams and seats have already been sold.

"Obviously ticket sales are a lot slower than normal" said Horrigan. The Hall of Fame says if the game is not played, those who bought tickets will get a full refund.

Both sides could be voting on a deal by this Thursday.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame game draws thousands to Stark County every year.

In Stark County, the game is still on calendar.

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