NHL lockout hurting local Detroit businesses

Gregory Shamus - Getty Images

Businesses in downtown Detroit could lose almost $2 million per every game that the Red Wings don't play this season.

Several businesses in downtown Detroit could see a significant reduction of income due to the NHL lockout, according to Detroit City Council President Pro-Tem Gary Brown (via Bill Shea of Crain's Detroit Business).

In a press conference held at Rub BBQ Pub in Detroit, restaurant and bar owners from around the area gathered to make the public aware of the negative impact that the lockout could have on the local economy. Omar Mitchell, who runs Rub BBQ, said that his establishment could lose up to $20,000 for each home game that the Detroit Red Wings don't play. Mitchell's business, combined with other restaurants, bars and other services, generate an estimated $1.9 million in revenue for every game that takes place at Joe Louis Arena during the season.

Brown pleaded for local residents to visit the establishments anyway, even if the lockout continues:

"We need the revenue. We need the income tax; we need the sales tax."

The Red Wings would have started their season on Thursday if not for the lockout. Instead, two of their home games have already been wiped out, in addition to four road games.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Detroit

You must be a member of SB Nation Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Detroit. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Detroit

You must be a member of SB Nation Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Detroit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.