PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Dennis Schack, owner of Sam's Bar & Grill, was following news of the NFL lockout closely, knowing the potential impact it could have had on his business.
"It would have been devastating," said Schack. "Sundays are a considerable portion of our revenue."
Fortunately for Schack, sports fans will be able to watch the game at his bar come football season.
The longest work stoppage in National Football League history ended Monday when players voted to approve a final deal which was approved by league owners last week, allowing teams to open their facilities to players as early as Tuesday with training camps opening Friday and Saturday.
A nearly five-month lockout of players by the owners was the longest in league history. The agreement allows teams to begin signing rookies and free agents immediately. The 32 players representatives voted unanimously to approve the 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
The agreement came too late to save the annual Hall of Fame game between the Chicago Bears and the St. Louis Rams scheduled for Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio. All scheduled preseason and regular season games will be played. The NFL regular season begins on September.
The NFL preseason begins the preseason with a slate of games on August 11. The regular season opens with a matchup between New Orleans at Super Bowl champion Green Bay, Thursday Sept 8.
Schack is not only glad for the end of the lockout as a business owner, but as a sports fan himself.
"I wasn't sure what I was going to do with my Sundays," he said.
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