One overlooked group that may suffer economically because of the NFL lockout consists of the small colleges and off-the-beaten path spots that get a summer bump from being the training-camp sites of an NFL team.
More and more teams are choosing to hold camp in-house, but 15 of the 32 teams still take their show on the road. That may change this year because the NFL and players aren’t likely to reach an agreement very far in advance of the time at which camps traditionally open.
The Baltimore Ravens today announced that they will hold camp at their Owings Mills headquarters rather than McDaniel College — where they’ve held all 15 of their camps — in Westminster, Md.
“We’re disappointed we won’t be back at McDaniel and in Westminster this summer. We delayed the decision as long as we could,” Bob Eller, the Ravens’ vice president of operations, told BaltimoreRavens.com. “There are logistics that needed to be addressed now, including McDaniel’s schedule, the hotel, the fields and other Ravens football functions. Right now, we don’t know dates for camp, and we’ve been forced to make other plans.
“One of the main issues we have is the time it takes to move our entire football operation to Westminster and then bring it back to Owings Mills. Those are days we can’t afford to lose as our team prepares for the season in what has become a condensed time period.”