MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Collin Hennessy bartends at Molly Spillanes and shudders to think how big of an impact the NFL lockout would have had on business if the League owners and the Players Association hadn't reached the 10-year collective bargaining agreement now approved.
"We weren't in panic mode, but we were definitely concerned," said Hennessy, who has worked at Molly Spillanes since it opened three years ago. "The NFL is a staple here, it's what people do on Sundays. People also come in for the early games. Families come in and stay all day."
The winter months tend to be slow for any restaurant business, and the NFL helps alleviate that pressure, Sam Mahoney, a bartender, said.
The new 10-year collective bargaining agreement ended the longest work stoppage in National Football League history. League owners approved the final deal last week, allowing teams to open their facilities to players as early as today with training camps opening Friday and Saturday.
The 32 players representatives voted unanimously to approve the 10-year collective bargaining agreement, which also allows teams to begin signing rookies and free agents immediately.
Football fans, like John Corsa, are just happy that they will have something to watch on Sundays and Mondays come September.
"It's a relief that it's done," said Corsa, a Mamaroneck resident. "It's over, they finally settled it and now we can watch football."
The NFL preseason begins with a slate of games on Aug. 11. The regular season opens Sept. 8 with a matchup between the New Orleans Saints at Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
The New York Giants will open training camp Friday at their practice facility near the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and the New York Jets will open on Saturday at the training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.
Matthew McPeak recently sold his Jets season tickets, which were in row 317, after 10 years. While he thought the lockout was ridiculous considering how much money both parties would lose, the prospect of football in September had him ready to forget any blunders along the way.
"We've got 10 years of absolute football, which is obviously outstanding," he said.
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