NFL Hall of Fame Game Cancelled

When the NFL Lockout began, lots of questions were raised. Will there be a season? How long will it last? How long will it take to get an agreement in place? All of these were questions that were asked when the Lockout began and are still being asked.

Even though a deal is getting closer, one cancellation occurred this week as the annual NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton was eliminated from the NFL exhibition schedule. The game, which is considered to be a favorite part of the NFL Induction Weekend, was called on the account that it would not give the two teams playing in it enough time to prepare.

While exhibition football has been criticized for being boring, uneventful and not worth watching, the Hall of Fame Game seems to always be a favorite on the exhibition schedule. It gives two teams each year an opportunity to play right next to one of the greatest sports museums in the United States on a weekend that honors those who have contributed to professional football over the course of their lives. The game is meaningful to many in the area and the game does draw in a lot of people.

In addition to being right next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the game is played in one of the most unique stadiums in the country. Fawcett Stadium, the name of the stadium that hosts the game each year, not only hosts an annual NFL contest but is one of the only facilities that hosts college and high school football as well. The stadium is used for Walsh University and Malone University football games on the high school level, Canton McKinley High School and Timken High School call home to Fawcett as well. The stadium always hosts the Ohio high school football state championships and is considered to be one of the most fun places to watch any type of football game.

Even though the game is exhibition, it still is a draw as part of the NFL Hall of Fame Weekend in Canton. The game usually serves as the final event for the weekend of events and is always nationally televised. It’s an opportunity for fans to see a live NFL game up close in a stadium that has close proximity to the field. The game closes out what is always fun weekend and will be missed.

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~ by jeffrsabo on July 23, 2011.

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