Training camp in jeopardy? | News
It draws thousands of football fans to the Rochester area every year, but this year, it could be in jeopardy. That’s because of the NFL lockout.
When St. John Fisher College markets its campus, Buffalo Bills Training Camp is one of the big highlights. Tens of thousands flock to the school each summer to watch the team prepare for the season.
But it doesn’t only affect the people who come to watch; it affects the people who come to work at Bills camp.
Steve Salluzzo is one of the people in charge of coordinating Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College. He’s been in constant contact with Bills officials in Buffalo.
Bills Training Camp brings in alumni, students, prospective students and fans from all over the Western New York. The camp is featured on local, regional and even national newscasts, marketing the Fisher name to people across the country.
No camp means a lot less publicity. Fisher also hires about 80 seasonal employees for Bills camp, most of them students. And if there’s no event to prepare for, there are no jobs. It’s a situation the college would like to avoid.
“It’s something that we certainly hope that gets resolved sooner than later. But we are working through different scenarios. If training camp were to happen as it normally does, we’re prepared for that. If we have a shortened training camp, we are working on being prepared for that. If there isn’t a training camp due to a lockout, we’re also prepared for that as well. Certainly, we hope there’s a training camp. We like it when the guys are here. We like it when people come to campus and visit us. It’s beyond our control at this point,” said Salluzzo.
The college says emails have been sent out to potential seasonal employees telling them about what’s happening. So they’re already talking the necessary steps in case there’s no camp. They say they need to have an answer by Bills officials by mid-June.