[UPDATE] Local Businesses React to End of NFL Lockout

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

Tallahassee, FL -

Football is back in business! That's good news not only for the players, but for anyone associated with the game. Those who have been on pins and needles are breathing a sigh of relief after Monday's announcement.

The standoff is over. The deal, done. The NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps have voted unanimously to approve a deal to the end a 4 1/2-month lockout.

While some are calling the new 10 year agreement a "tie game" solution, local businesses feel they are the winners. Mike"Doc" Hochstein, manager at Finnegan's Wake said, "With the NFL, all of the bars, especially the sports bars, do really well on Sundays. It would have really hurt business here in Tallahassee."

While players and owners squabbled over billions of dollars, some restaurants and bars were concerned about what would fill the void if NFL stayed locked out.

Tallahassee Chamber President, Sue Dick said, "Several of our businesses were looking to see how they were going to fill that spot if the deal couldn't get done. I know a lot of businesses will be excited to see we're ready for football."

Michael Patterson, with Ale House said, "It's nice for the cooks and the people in the area, having the business. Getting the hours they are looking for. It's nice to see that the fans got entered a little bit in the thinking for football."

The all American game has fueled our competitive spirit, and pocket books for decades, and the thought of Sunday's without football, well, we won't have to worry about that anymore.

***Football video seen in this story courtesy of WBTV***
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two people familiar with the negotiations tell
The Associated Press that the NFL and players have reached a deal
to end the lockout.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the process
is supposed to remain secret and no formal announcement has been

The NFL Players Association's executive committee is meeting
Monday and is expected to begin the voting process. Owners
overwhelmingly approved a proposal last week, but some unresolved
issues still needed to be figured out to satisfy players.

The sides worked through the weekend, finally finishing the deal
Monday morning, one of the people told the AP.

The league's old labor deal expired in March, and the owners
locked out the players, the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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