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Spartanburg business owners worried about Panthers camp

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On Wednesday, the new Carolina Panthers' coaching staff made a visit to Wofford College to see the layout of the training camp and to meet Wofford officials.

Some business owners said they are worried that the NFL lockout could possibly delay or cancel training camp for the Panthers.

Donna Donnelly is the owner of Image Printing in Spartanburg, she said running a business can be tough.

"I've worked for 24 years and I'm here everyday," she said.

Donnelly said she doesn't mind the hard work though.

"We do commercial off-set printing which does business forms, business cards," she said.

They also specialize in screen printing for T-shirts, hats, banners and mugs.

And when the Carolina Panthers are headed to town for training camp, they make Panther paraphernalia for clients too. However, Donnelly said business is slow.

"Our business has definitely gone down about 20 percent during the recession," she said.

She said when the Panthers are in town there's an increase in printing jobs at the shop and Spartanburg city administrators said there is also a boost in business at restaurants and retail shops.

"It will affect us if they don't come to Spartanburg," Donnelly said.

Right now, NFL Players are in a lock-out dispute with the league's owners. Each side is waiting on a court ruling to see if they will play ball, but if a decision isn't made soon there may not be time to hold camp.

"It just seems like those who are in that power that are making the, I'm just gonna say the big bucks, always are trying to make more of those big bucks," she said.

A spokesperson with the Carolina Panthers released this statement made by team president, Danny Morrison:

"The camp has been very successful every year that we've been there. We know this is an uncertain time, so we're planning like we normally would plan, realizing that we have to have flexibility," Morrison said.

Donna Donnelly said she either way, she'll keep working hard.

"I definitely hope they reach a deal soon," she said.

Wofford administrators told FOX Carolina the three week camp is still scheduled to start July 29, but if a deal isn't reach or there's a delay, camp could be cut short or canceled. That could happened because students arrive back on Wofford's campus the last week in August.



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