The NFL Hall of Fame is starting to feel the pressure of the lockout, as they released a story today discussing the upcoming Hall of Fame game between the Rams and Bears. President Steve Perry said “”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.”
Obviously, it doesn’t matter how much anybody wants to have the game if the lockout doesn’t end, but at least Perry has been getting some positive feedback from the league. He went on to say that ticket sales have been slower than usual thus far, which considering the situation, could be a real issue no matter if the game is played or not. People who go to this game are, by majority, fans who have planned the trip to see the game and the HOF induction ceremony well in advance. Considering the state of the lockout, people are not going to want to buy tickets for a game that might not happen. Even if the lockout does end in time for the game to be played, I have to believe that ticket sales will suffer because of those people who have already given up on making the trip. The infamous July 15 cutoff date is fast approaching, so we will know soon enough if the HOF game is really on track.