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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 130: Training Camp Sites Still Holding Out Hope
Published July 19, 2011
ON-TIME ARRIVAL? In K.C., Adam Teicher reports Missouri Western Univ. officials “are planning for an on-time Chiefs arrival … despite the continuing NFL labor uncertainty that threatens to at least delay next week’s scheduled start to training camp.” MWU interim AD Dan Nicoson said, “The Chiefs have been very positive about wanting to have camp at Western again this year. If it’s at all possible, that’s what the plan will be.” Teicher notes “no matter when camp begins, the Chiefs would have to vacate Missouri Western by Aug. 18, the day before” the scheduled Chiefs-Ravens preseason game. Should camp “overlap with the first day of school for Missouri Western students, the conclusion of camp might take place at the team’s facilities” in K.C. (K.C. STAR, 7/19).
DELAY OF GAME: In Minneapolis, Judd Zulgad notes the Vikings and Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato “have delayed the decision on whether the team will hold training camp in Mankato this summer.” The Vikings had set yesterday as the “deadline to inform the school whether they would return for a 46th year in Mankato or pull the plug because of the lockout,” but the “progress made on the CBA caused that decision to be pushed back.” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier in June said that “if the lockout ended in a timely fashion the team would report to camp July 31” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/19).