The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton has officially become a victim of the NFL's labor dispute.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that the Hall of Fame game between the St. Louis Rams and the Chicago Bears has been canceled.
NFL owners today ratified a new labor deal to end the lockout, pending player approval. Regardless of how or when the players vote, the lockout has lasted too long for the Hall of Fame game to be played this year. The game, which traditionally kicks off the preseason, was scheduled to be held Aug. 7.
"The time was just too tight," Goodell said. "Unfortunately, we're not going to be able to play the game this year."
The Hall of Fame released the following statement:
While the Pro Football Hall of Fame is disappointed by the news that the NFL/Hall of Fame Game will not be played, we appreciate the effort that was made on our behalf by the league and players right up until the last minute.
Although the game is an important part of the 10-day, 18-event Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, it is important to remember that the most important event is the Enshrinement Ceremony which will be held on Saturday night August 6 as scheduled.
Obviously, the loss of this year’s game will have a significant adverse economic impact on the Hall of Fame and the Canton community. We believe, however, that the long-term stability this new agreement will provide will be beneficial not only to the league and the players, but to the fans and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Questions regarding this policy may be directed to the PFHOF ticket department at (330) 456-8207.