The first - and biggest - casualties of the lockout could be the training camp towns and the residual businesses that rely on the throngs who come each summer to get a first glimpse of their teams.
For the Giants, that town is Albany. With July descending upon us, and a deal is still three weeks away at the minimum, it appears less likely that the Giants will be making their annual trip up the Thruway for training camp.
The Giants, their movers and the U of Albany have begun to voice their concerns about the possibility of a dark summer in the state capital.
As per Adam Sichko of the Business Review (bizjournals.com)...
“We’re operating exactly the same as if camp was locked in to start at the end of July. There’s no other way to look at it,” said Brian DePasquale, spokesman for the athletics department at UAlbany. “But things will change in early July if there’s no settlement.”
“It’s going to be tough if this goes beyond the first week in July. But miracles sometimes happen,” said Tom Tama, vice president of Liedkie Moving & Storage . The Rotterdam-based company has moved the Giants to and from training camp every year—a task that takes about half of Tama’s 70 staff moving close to 200,000 pounds of equipment, medical supplies and weights.
“There is no firm date, but we all realize right around the first of July, give or take several days, that we may have to start making some decisions,” said Pat Hanlon, a spokesman for the Giants. “We’re still playing it by ear.”