|Published:||Jul 26, 2011 3:32 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 26, 2011 2:32 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It took 136 days but fall will bring football. Local fans and businesses couldn't be more excited about the news of the lockout ending. Fans in Fort Myers said they're excited for the fall and businesses hope it will bring big bucks.
Joe O'Shea was born and raised in Pittsburg and calls himself a die hard Steelers fan.
"Its good to get it started," said O'Shea.
Fall means football to so many and O'Shea said it's time to get the boys of fall back onto the field.
"Lets go back and play football. If they keep screwing around, college is going to take over big time," said O'Shea.
At the Hideaway Sports Bar in downtown Fort Myers, bartenders are banking on big crowds along with the games.
"A lot of our money depends on it and our customers are regulars and they come just for that," said Amy Nawalaniec, bartender, The Hideaway.
On Monday, both the NFL Players Association and the teams worked through and finalized a deal that will hold for 10 years. It's something the Hideaway said they depend on year after year.
"It's a huge sigh of relief. Most of a revenue every year comes from football season," said Nawalaniec.
Never too worried, O'Shea said he figured it would come down to the wire, but in the end, he knew he'd have his Sunday plans in place for the upcoming season.
"I knew it would come down to the dead end. We are talking big, big money. Both sides are making big money," said O'Shea.
Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. trading can begin. Wednesday is when training camps start back up.