NFL Lockout Claims Giants Training Camp In Albany; Team To Train In NJ
NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Giants won’t hold their training camp in Albany this year.
The team says because of concerns about the league’s current impasse, it will hold training camp at its home headquarters in East Rutherford.
The Giants have trained in Albany since 1996. In making the move to train at home this year, the Giants noted they were concerned about logistical and timing restrictions that have arisen during that more than three-month old lockout.
The team informed the University at Albany and Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings on Friday morning.
The Jets have already canceled their camp at SUNY Cortland.
NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman launched a probe on Thursday into whether the lockout violates New York’s antitrust laws, requesting information from both the league and the players’ union about the economic impact.
Assistant Attorney General Richard Schwartz in a letter this week to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said the lockout will “inflict significant economic injuries statewide,” starting with losses of upstate training camps, and their office is obliged to investigate whether it is lawful.
“The expected blow to the state’s economy will be tremendous,” Schwartz said. “Many New York public and private institutions depend heavily on the NFL training camp and regular season games to generate revenue.”
Schwartz added they are “deeply troubled” by the possible implications of the league’s conduct under New York’s antitrust law.
Schneiderman said in a statement: “While we are hopeful that the NFL and its players will reach an agreement to end the ongoing lockout in the near future, this office will take all appropriate steps to protect New Yorkers — many of whom rely on the significant economic activity generated by the NFL — as well as state and local governmental entities.”
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