The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame Game, as the annual preseason opener has become the biggest casualty to date of the lockout.
“We are unfortunately going to have to cancel the Hall of Fame Game this year,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the owners’ meeting in Atlanta. “The time is just too short and we feel that it’s important for all 32 teams to be operating with the same number of preseason games and also starting camp at the same date or near the same date.”
The Hall of Fame Game was supposed to take place on August 7, with the Bears meeting the Rams in Canton, Ohio.
Goodell noted that the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place as scheduled.
“Of course, the ceremonies will go on,” Goodell said.
But not the game that was supposed to go with it.