NFL spokesman: 'Time is running short' to save HOF game

As NFL owners and players return to the bargaining table today in hopes of carving out a deal, the clock ticks on the league missing its first game because of a labor dispute since 1987.

The Hall of Fame Game between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams is still scheduled for Aug. 7 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Twenry-seven days away, it’s very questionable now if that game will be played.

The league would like to preserve the entire preseason, and the game is a key part of the induction weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but it might fall victim to the lockout. Even if a deal is reached before the end of this week, it might not give the league enough time to complete all of its business and still have the Bears and Rams in training camp on time. Those clubs are scheduled to head to camp in 11 days with the first practices scheduled for July 23.

We have not identified a date by which we have to have an agreement to save the Hall of Fame Game,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. “Time is admittedly running short, however.”

Stay tuned.

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