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Preparations continue for Hall of Fame game as ticket sales lag

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame continues to prepare to host the Bears and Rams on August 7 for the Hall of Fame game, despite no guarantee that the game will actually happen.

“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,” Hall of Fame president Steve Perry told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.

With uncertainty looming, ticket sales are lagging behind the usual numbers.  The game is traditionally a sellout despite the appearance of some empty seats, but Perry says only half the tickets are sold.  If the labor mess drags on, it’s possible the game could be delayed and even be played on a different weekend from the Hall of Induction.

If the game goes on but doesn’t sell out, the game will be blacked out in the Canton area but will still be on nationally on NBC.

We’ve got a pretty good idea of what might help ticket sales in the meantime.

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16 Responses to “Preparations continue for Hall of Fame game as ticket sales lag”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Jul 5, 2011 10:04 AM

    Scabs of Fame Game. NFL fever. Catch it.

  2. macgee10 says: Jul 5, 2011 10:05 AM

    I wouldn’t want to buy a ticket either with this mess going on.

  3. ac0117 says: Jul 5, 2011 10:05 AM

    I hate preseason football as much as the next guy but I do watch the Hall of Fame game because I love watching that first game that signals the transition from summer to fall football season! Hopefully they can get this thing on track and on time

  4. paulieorkid says: Jul 5, 2011 10:08 AM

    Let’s just hope the lockout/CBA strife doesn’t compromise induction for the ’11 HOF enshrinees?

    What a damned shame that would be – on top of everything else.

  5. tinbender2000 says: Jul 5, 2011 10:23 AM

    ac0117 says:
    Jul 5, 2011 10:05 AM
    I hate preseason football as much as the next guy but I do watch the Hall of Fame game because I love watching that first game that signals the transition from summer to fall football season!

    They can delay it a month , I want football but don’t want fall yet. I’m way behind on the summer chores !

  6. dumbasdirt says: Jul 5, 2011 10:27 AM

    Good. I am glad that ticket sales are down. Even once this mess is resolved NFL fans across the country should send a message to both sides that this “process” is totally unacceptable.

    It has been over 100 days and the two sides still can’t figure out how to split 9 Billion Dollars?

    NFL fans have the power to bring 9 Billion in revenues down to 7 Billion or less if we don’t buy tickets to games, and don’t buy NFL merchandise.

  7. joetoronto says: Jul 5, 2011 10:40 AM

    Sorry but the HOF game shouldn’t have the Rams in it.

  8. decaturstaley75 says: Jul 5, 2011 11:20 AM

    Let’s recap. The game is in less than 5 weeks. Not one draft pick has been signed. Tons of guys are free agents. At this moment, neither the Rams nor Bears have anything that roughly approximates an NFL team under contract. As has been pointed out often on this site, as soon as the first penny of revenue is lost, the pie the two sides are fighting over begins to shrink, and compromise becomes even harder to come by. If this thing isn’t finished this week, it will get nasty.

  9. dannymac17 says: Jul 5, 2011 11:35 AM

    its the bears vs the rams, huh? you didnt expect ticket sales to lag??

  10. olcap says: Jul 5, 2011 12:00 PM

    @dumbasdirt,

    I agree with you 100%

  11. seabreezes51 says: Jul 5, 2011 12:01 PM

    Shirts vs Skins?

  12. jakek2 says: Jul 5, 2011 12:06 PM

    Hall of Fame game is dumb. Who would pay to watch that? The only benefit is that Bears and Rams fans escape paying for a meaningless pre-season game.

    If they really wanted to generate interest, they would throw an Old Timers’ Day HOF game. I’d much rather pay to see a fat broken down L.T. rush Montana again then watch a bunch of un-interested multi-millionaires jog around for a quarter before giving way to your local grocery baggers.

  13. ICDogg says: Jul 5, 2011 12:21 PM

    We’ve got a pretty good idea of what might help ticket sales in the meantime.

    Ya think?

  14. ravensrule1208 says: Jul 5, 2011 12:59 PM

    I am shocked ! They are not selling tickets to a game that is not happening.If you buy those tickets I can sell you some to a Grateful Dead reunion tour.

  15. chargerdillon says: Jul 5, 2011 1:54 PM

    Anybody buying tickets to a non guaranteed product deserves to get ripped off.

    Do any of you really think the players and owners could afford to both play these crappy games with the hardworking fans money if hardworking fans were holding onto their money and making the NFL and players work for it.

    They’re both balking at playing football and idiots are still buying tickets.

    Dont blame the owners or players, blame the many stupid people in this country with money to burn

  16. schmitty2 says: Jul 5, 2011 2:30 PM

    dannymac17 says:
    Jul 5, 2011 11:35 AM
    its the bears vs the rams, huh? you didnt expect ticket sales to lag??

    One team was in NFC championship and the other had 6 more wins then previous season and is much improved. I realize it’s meaningless pre-season but who do you propose play in their place?

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