LARCHMONT, N.Y. - The end of the 132-day NFL lockout has football fans revved up for another season and Larchmont bars breathing a collective sigh of relief.
"We do a Monday night wings special, so it's huge for us," said Joe Mauro, bartender at Sherwood's Restaurant, which offers patrons who buy a beer 10 cent buffalo wings. "Plus, having the games on Sundays also drives business our way."
Sherwood's Monday night special has made the W. Boston Post Road bar a destination for Larchmont and Mamaroneck's 20-somethings, but it becomes an elbow-to-elbow event during football season, Mauro 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 Tuesday with training camps opening Friday and Saturday.
The 32 players representatives voted unanimously to approve the deal, which allows teams to begin signing rookies and free agents immediately.
Football fans, including Mark Eannarelli, are just happy that they will have something to watch on Sundays and Mondays come September.
"Hockey, football, basketball, they've all had it, it's all about money," said Eannarelli, who grew up in Rye and now lives in the Bronx. "But I'm happy they ended it. At least we'll have something to watch Sunday into Monday."
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 its 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.
When September hits, Carl C. Buehler, owner of Caryln's Cove, will have each of his three televisions set to the NFL Network on game days.
"That's why he's got all the televisions. He's got the NFL package and we get all the games here," said Buehler's father, also named Carl Buehler.
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