No Training Camp In Bourbonnais Hurts The ‘Real Common Folk’
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(WSCR) With training camp moving closer and closer, and the NFL lockout looking much the way it has for several weeks, Bears training camp at Olivet Nazarene University could be in doubt. And if that’s the case, it won’t be the university hurting the most.
“Without going into contractual information, Olivet incurs costs to host the training camp, the Bears basically pay for those costs,” Gary Griffin, ONU’s Director of University Relations, said on the Boers and Bernstein Show. “Olivet does not cash in on this.”
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So while Olivet isn’t likely to be financially hurt if training camp isn’t held, it could have a significant local impact. The Score’s Laurence Holmes reported in May that the “Bradley-Bourbonnais area would stand to lose $2 million if a full camp isn’t held.”
However, the negative impact will stretch beyond just the local businesses.
“The Boy Scout Troops, the youth groups from churches, different groups that were planning on working concessions, for instance, or parking for these types of things, to make money for their year, [will be hurt],” Griffin said.
“It’s real common folk that are the losers in this, if in fact the NFL does not come to an agreement.”