NFL To Refund Cost Of Hall Of Fame Game Tickets

The NFL canceled the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, over the weekend because team owners and players didn't reach a new contract agreement in time. About 14,000 tickets had already been sold. The NFL is providing a full refund. The induction ceremony went on as scheduled.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Here in the United States, the National Football League has had its own trouble to contend with lately after a lockout with the players' union over a new collective bargaining agreement.

Fans were hoping to see some action on the field this past weekend at the Hall of Fame Game.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

That's the traditional first, pre-season NFL game. It's played in Canton, Ohio, the same weekend athletes and coaches are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

[POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: The two teams that were scheduled to play in this year's Hall of Fame football game were the St. Louis Rams and the Chicago Bears.]

This year's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Bears was scheduled for yesterday.

INSKEEP: But today's last word in business must be ticket refund, because the NFL canceled the Hall of Fame game.

Team owners and players did reach an agreement, of course, just not in time to get this game going. Around 14,000 tickets had already been sold, and the NFL says it is providing a full refund.

The Hall of Fame weekend is important for the Ohio town Canton, and in a statement, the NFL said: Obviously, the loss of this year's game will have a significant adverse economic impact locally.

But not every weekend event was canceled, we can tell you that. This year's induction ceremony went on as planned on Saturday. The regular NFL season begins in a month.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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Correction Aug. 8, 2011

In this report we mistakenly referred to the St. Louis Cardinals. The NFL Cardinals are an Arizona team. The two teams that were scheduled to play in this year's Hall of Fame Game were the St. Louis Rams and the Chicago Bears.

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