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Hall Of Fame Game Is A No-Go As NFL Cancels Canton's Contest

According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and via cleveland.com, the Hall of Fame Game, scheduled for August 7, has been canceled.

All other activities associated with the game will go on as planned, but the contest between the St. Louis Rams and the Chicago Bears will not take place, even should the lockout end in the next day or so.

"We feel that it's important for all 32 teams to be operating with the same number of preseason games and also starting camp at the same date or near the same date," Goodell said. "Unfortunately, we will not be there to play the game this year, but of course the (induction) ceremonies will go on. Hopefully we can all work quickly, expeditiously and get this agreement done."

Obviously this is a setback for Canton. Hopefully the Browns can give something in the way of practices or scrimmages to the Hall of Fame city.

The Hall of Fame, in a statement, said that "obviously, the loss of the game will have a significant adverse economic impact on the Hall of Fame and the Canton community."

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