Now that the NFL collective bargaining agreement has been approved by each of the 32 team player representatives, we await official word on the opening of Buffalo Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford. Teams can not open camp, according to the CBA, earlier than 15 days before the first preseason game. That would make for a Friday opening in Pittsford, which essentially would be the date the Bills usually open camp. The Bills' first preseason game is Aug. 13 at Chicago. The second is Aug. 20 at Denver. It's actually a slight - with the emphasis on slight - benefit to the Buffalo home fans that the last two preseason games are at home. The third preseason game is the most significant, and the fourth is sometimes slightly watchable due to the focus on the battle for the final roster spots.
The Bills issued a statement from owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. on the end of the lockout:
“I am happy that the players and the owners have reached an agreement. This has been a long, arduous process for everyone. But in the end, we have a deal that is fair to both our players and the teams and, at the same time, protects the integrity of our game heading into the future. And that is extremely important as we move forward. To our fans, I say thank you for your patience and your understanding during these past four months. So with this great news today, it is time for all of us to focus on the 2011 season and look ahead to Training Camp. I’m excited about the direction our team is heading as we enter the upcoming season and I know our players and fans share in that excitement.”