I don’t have any official sources claiming the NFL Lockout is officially over or even near its conclusion, but I have uncovered something at least interesting enough (to me) to share that lends an extremely strong clue football is coming very soon.
I know a businessman that owns a significant amount of property on Abbott Road right near Ralph Wilson Stadium. He leases space to vendors for Buffalo Bills games—and without providing specifics let’s just say it makes for big business. Anyway, this property owner has adamantly refused to send out the final paperwork for his 2011 vendors until he knew the NFL Lockout was over.
He’s also extremely close to a top Buffalo Bills official, and the two dined together last night.
Early this morning, the paperwork for the vendors went out. Call me crazy (and perhaps bored) for posting this; but I’m utterly certain they wouldn’t have sent out the contracts and began the 2011 process without knowing positively the lockout is all-but-over. There’s a lot of language in the contracts regarding dates , fees and other important business matters, and if even one Bills home game were cancelled due to the stoppage, the paperwork would have to be painstakingly redone all over again; which is precisely why the contracts sat on his desk for the past few months— until now.
I know about the paperwork because I was directly involved in processing it. This post admittedly is hardly the finest piece of investigative work I hope to ever bring you, but for the first time since April 1, I’m unreservedly confident this standoff will come to an end without any games being lost.
For the record, if you dig through stories at Buffalo Sports Daily over the past several months, I’ve intentionally stayed away from almost any and all NFL lockout talk. I’ve never had a good sense of what’s going on or what will happen, so I’ve kept my mouth shut and my fingers away from the keyboard dating all the way back to April— until now. Come to think of it, this may literally be my first direct NFL Lockout post.