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Rye Bar Welcomes End of NFL Lockout

RYE, N.Y. -- The Town Dock was quiet Tuesday afternoon with a few customers enjoying happy hour while stock figures scrolled across the television screen. Owner Anthony Deluca sat at the bar going over his accounts without giving much thought to the end of the NFL lockout.

"To me, football season is a million years away," said DeLuca. "But yeah, Sundays are always busy then."

It might have been a season that would never come to pass.

The longest work stoppage in National Football League history ended Monday when players voted to approve a final deal that owners approved 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.

DeLuca, a Giants fan, knows there will be a lot of support for his team at the Town Dock.

"This is Giants territory," DeLuca said. "It has to be, the owners live out here."

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