The Detroit Tigers have been bringing in money to the city of Detroit all season long. If only hockey would do the same. A Detroit City councilman is speaking out on the effects of the NHL lockout.
The NHL regular season should have started on Thursday, and while players, fans and owners of course are upset, restaurant, bar and hotel workers are reeling from the economic impact of the lockout.
Rub Barbeque Pub is usually a hotspot, before, during and after Detroit Red Wing games. But the NHL lockout is causing business to fizzle. With each home game canceled the city of Detroit loses about $1.9 million in revenue. With 41 home games scheduled this year the financial impact will be devastating if the lockout doesn't end soon.
During the last NHL lockout the city lost $9.5 million alone in parking revenue from Joe Louis arena. The city was forced to take money from the general fund to cover that loss.
Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown says this kind of loss right now would be crippling. "We would strongly encourage labor and management to negotiate and get this thing settled. And secondly we want to strongly encourage the citizens of the city of Detroit and the region to come into Detroit and support the businesses that are going to be severely impacted. We need the revenue."
Omar Mitchell, regional manager for Rub BBQ says,"I just feel all parties should come up with a reasonable decision because this is impacting people who did not ask to be a part of this."
Brown says Detroit stands to lose the most of any NHL season because the Winter Classic and the Winter Festival scheduled for this year are supposed to bring in $75 million to the region.