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Return of the NFL Excites Local Bars

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Now that football is back after a long and contentious lockout, local bartenders are excited about the return of their busiest days.

"Sunday is like a holiday every week in here during football season," said Jess Black, a bartender at The Celtic Corner in Dobbs Ferry.

It's not just good news for fans of local teams the New York Jets and the Giants either.

"We have so many different fans for so many different teams," Black said. "A small town like Dobbs Ferry you would never ever expect it. We have a Buffalo Bills crew, there's the Steelers crew too."

The longest work stoppage in National Football League history ended Monday when players voted to accept the deal which was approved by league owners last week. The finalized deal allows teams to open their facilities to players this week with training camps starting Friday and Saturday.

A nearly five-month lockout of players by the owners was the longest in league history. The agreement allows teams to begin signing rookies and free agents, which has occurred at a frantic pace thus far.

The 32 player representatives voted unanimously to approve the 10-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement came too late to save the annual Hall of Fame game between the Chicago Bears and the St. Louis Rams, scheduled for August 7 in Canton, Ohio, but no preseason or regular season games will be missed.

The NFL preseason begins with a slate of games on Thursday, August 11. The regular season opens when the New Orleans Saints visit the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers on Thursday September 8.

Doubleday's chef Danny Caldara is expecting a "loud and rowdy" crowd at the Dobbs Ferry bar once the season officially kicks off.

The New York Giants will open training camp Friday at their practice facility near the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. and the New York Jets will open theirs on Saturday at a training facility in Florham Park, N.J.

Despite the long lockout, once the pads are on and the helmets are buckled, fans will be ready.

"Cheers has nothing on us," Black said.

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