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BlitzburghRockCity
07-06-2011, 11:49 PM
In a sign of guarded optimism that labor peace will soon prevail, the Steelers held an organization-wide meeting Wednesday to talk about training camp.

The Steelers are planning on training at St. Vincent College for the 46th consecutive season. The streak, however, is in jeopardy because of the NFL lockout.
With owners and players reportedly making progress on a labor deal, the Steelers have not set any deadlines or closed any options when it comes to St. Vincent. Most training camps are set to open at the end of July. Under past rules regarding reporting dates, the Steelers could convene for camp July 28 because that is 15 days before their first preseason game.

"We are working closely with St. Vincent College and will make adjustments, as necessary, if and when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said yesterday.

St. Vincent spokesman Don Orlando could not be reached for comment.
The school, which has longstanding ties with the Rooney family, does not have a lot of flexibility when it comes to training camp. Under normal circumstances, St. Vincent has to start preparing for arriving students almost immediately after the Steelers leave.
If the start of preseason practice is delayed — and some sort of signing period for free agents and draft picks is almost sure to precede the start of drills — the Steelers could be looking at a shortened camp at St. Vincent. They also could be staring at a preseason in which they practice almost exclusively at their South Side headquarters.
That is the least desirable option for the Steelers for several reasons. It would be a logistical nightmare because, starting Aug. 8, Pitt also would be using the facility for preseason practice.

Coach Mike Tomlin always has been a big proponent of camp because it lets the Steelers practice with minimal distraction — and helps the players come together through the shared misery of living in dorm rooms and practicing, sometimes twice a day, in oppressive heat and humidity.

"With us being a veteran team, I don't think (not having camp) would kill us," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said recently. "But you kind of have to put some of the young guys through all that stuff — training camp and St. Vincent."


Article from the Trib (http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/Steelers%27%20training%20camp%20options%20remain%2 0open%20-%20Pittsburgh%20Tribune-Review%20http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_745485.html#ixzz1RO770I5d)

connecticutsteel
07-07-2011, 02:25 AM
I think if ST. Vincent's is compromised it will be a bigger deal for the veterans cause the rookies have never done it but then again there will be a full training camp so it doesn't matter

jnes1216
07-07-2011, 03:37 AM
I actually liked the comraderie built during training camp. Going thru 4 yrs of it on the collegiate level is in itself a good test, I can't imagine an NFL camp. I think the "team bonds" are definitely seeded during this time and I hope Pitts. comes up with a plan that can accomodate both the Steelers and St. Vincent. Are we talking football for 2011? Man I can't wait....

BlitzburghRockCity
07-07-2011, 08:03 AM
You would have to think that there have been other teams in the league that are starting to put things in place and contact players advising them of what will happen as soon as a CBA is reached. Time will be of the essence, with much to accomplish not only from a players perspective but the front offices will be flying around like crazy trying to sign their own and reach out to new prospects.

connecticutsteel
07-08-2011, 07:59 AM
If a deal is is in the works you would think that they would lift the lock out as a good faith gesture to preserve things like training camp the Yets have already cancelled there offsite camp and now New York state is sueing the team for lost revenue

LarryNJ
07-08-2011, 10:32 AM
the Yets have already cancelled there offsite camp and now New York state is sueing the team for lost revenue

Yes they are moving it to their NJ facility although I didn't here anything about them being sued. I really don't see how the state could have a case. The Ravens also cancelled their normal camp are moving to their practice facility. Fans are prohibited from attending because of the lease the Ravens have.

If the Steelers train in the Southside would anyone be able to watch?

BlitzburghRockCity
07-08-2011, 03:33 PM
If a deal is is in the works you would think that they would lift the lock out as a good faith gesture to preserve things like training camp the Yets have already cancelled there offsite camp and now New York state is sueing the team for lost revenue


I'm surprised as well that so many teams have changed their destinations for training camps. The majority of teams have their camp at the same place every year so it's not like it takes a ton of prep work to throw something together at the last minute. Now those local economies suffer because teams won't be there for a month, bringing in that boost like they are used too.