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Lockout would impact more than just owners, players, and fans

Sep 3, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

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The unfortunate truth is that an NHL lockout is not just about players and owners fighting over a $3.3 billion pie while the fans watch from the sidelines. Professional hockey helps local economies and if it goes away temporarily due to a lockout, everyday workers will suffer financially.

“It is the part-time employees, those who are relying on a little bit of an extra bump to meet ends on their a car payments or on their mortgages,” sports business commentator Tom Mayenknecht said, according to a CTV News report.

“We’re talking about waitresses, bartenders in pubs that have a big spike when there is NHL hockey being played.”

One example of that is the Shark Club in Vancouver, which has 30 people doing shift work on a night when the Vancouver Canucks are playing. On any other night, the place needs under 10 employees.

“In our situation we obviously aren’t going to be hiring, like we would normally be bringing on some extra people. And plus our regular staff, there’ll be cut backs now in their hours. There’ll just be less work, less days,” Shark Club owner John Teti said.

Jim Sinclair from the BC Federation of Labour estimates that there are “tens of thousand of people all over North America who will be affected by this directly, in their pocketbook.”

In other words, if there’s a lockout, the Shark Club’s story won’t be a unique one.

  1. ron05342 - Sep 3, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Was just wondering how this went down at the Shark Club…if someone was there, please let me know. 😉

  2. sjsharks66 - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    It’s not just the sharks club. Look at any city after a hockey game lets out. I know San Jose’s bars and restaurants are packed. The people who work at HP pavilion are mainly younger people. They look like they are still in school.
    I’m willing to bet this is the same in bigger markets like new york, Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Detroit.

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    This is all so true. I must confess, the only reason I go to Wild games is to have an excuse to drive all the way to St. Paul to eat at Cossetta and hit up Tom Reid’s.

  4. ndrick731 - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    The greedy don’t care anyone but themselves.

  5. mpg44 - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    But if a lockout occurs ….. THERE WON’T BE A 3.3 billion pie to fight about !!!!!!! This message brought to you by the fans aka door mats if you ask the NHL or nhlpa.

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