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Report: Pittsburgh area loses $2.1 million per Penguins’ game lost

Nov 24, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin Getty Images

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman estimated on Wednesday that the NHL is losing between $18 million to $20 million per day as a result of this lockout, based on a Globe and Mail report. That’s unfortunate, but of course they aren’t the only ones losing money over this work stoppage.

The tourism bureau VisitPittsburgh did a study and found that each Pittsburgh home game generates $2.1 million worth of local revenue. Somewhere in the range of $1 million and $1.3 million goes to the Penguins, while others businesses like restaurants and hotels collect the rest, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

That information seems all the more relevant after the NHL canceled all contests from Dec. 1-14 yesterday. That took three Penguins home games off the map. While they could still be replaced if the season is saved, as things currently stand those canceled games alone might cost local businesses more than $2.4 million and the Penguins even more than that.

And of course, that’s just the impact of one out of 30 teams. On top of that, a Winter Classic and an All-Star Game have been lost — both of which could have bolstered local economies and attracted tourism.

The question is how much more money will slip away from businesses that would otherwise benefit from the NHL before this lockout ends.

  1. antkowiak666 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    NOONE CARES!!!!!the players would rather sit at home and make $0,then to sign a new CBA and play for slave wages.(sarcasm is great!)

  2. millertime30 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Good work, Mario…

    • killerpgh - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      That’s one of the worst things about this. You don’t know how certain owners feel about this Lockout. It only take 8 (7 if Bettman is considered the Coyotes owners) to keep this lockout going. Mario/Burkle could be against, for or have no clue there is even a lockout going on.

      • millertime30 - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        No doubt. I was just being cynical. I’m a Sabres fan, and find it hard to believe that Terry Pegula would be in support of the lockout. Front loading contracts is about all Buffalo has going for them.

  3. antkowiak666 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    looks like Malkin is leaning in for a kiss.

  4. killerpgh - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    The Penguins aren’t really losing 1.3 million per game. 1.3million times 41 homes games = 53.3 million brought in. They spend more than that on salary. Without figuring in all the other numbers like radio, tv (local and national) and advertising deals it’s hard to say how much/if any $ the organization is really losing. I read a year or two ago that the Penguins have to make to the 2nd round of the playoff to make a profit. But those numbers could all be twisted as well. But the part that sucks is all those local businesses (and their employees) that will never make back the money that they lost during this Lockout. And the ones that are rally getting screwed are the businesses that pay the extremely high rent just to be close to the arena to get all the fan traffic. Once this lockout ends a lot of people are saying they will never come back to supporting the team. I don’t believe it. But a more realistic thing to do in my opinion is to not buying things in the arena. Eat/drink down the street at one of the small businesses that got screwed by this lockout and then just go to the arena to cheer on your team without giving them the $8 for a beer, $8 for nachos, etc..

    • somekat - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      There are no bars near the arena in Pittsburgh. If you go to a bar after the game, it is more than likely going to be in the Liberty Ave area, which if you were going out drinking, is probably where you are going anyway.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        Actually there are two bar/restuarants that I can think of off the top of my head within 150 yards of the arena.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      NHL, Pittsburgh area LOSING money? Or just missing opportunities to GAIN money? In the case of the Pittsburgh area, or really any team’s city, most of the money was going to be spent by people who live there, so the money remains in or near the city, just it isn’t spent at the arena or nearby establishments. It may stay in the fan’s wallet for a while or it may well be spent in a different restaurant or store. It’s just that the Penguins and their employees didn’t receive it.

    • valoisvipers - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      killerpgh Revenue not profit!
      Revenues have expenses to be paid out.

  5. acieu - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    You could diversify your business and not be wholly dependent on one industry. Besides with all of the government subsidies for the pro teams the economy is better off without having to spend game day costs to support private enterprise.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      Well Pittsburgh’s economy is tied to healthcare, four universities, various regional offices for financial institutions, Alcoa, and multiple smaller manufacturing companies. Beyond that there is plenty of culture like the orchestra, musicals/plays and museums sooooo your point is misinformed.

      Like many other cities, a lot of the people who are involved in alllll of those other things happen to watch the hockey team.

  6. tfaltin - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Do you think Daly, Bettman on the owners prefer Black Friday deals or Cyber Monday shopping for the coal they put in everyone’s stockings?

  7. dlk75150 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    How’s that working out for Crosby and all you other big dollar players? This whole thing is ridiculous. Fehr is such a looser!

  8. dirtydrew - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    No one cares is right. The lockout is being done by the owners. If the NHL keeps this up, they will loose the fans who do care.mim tired of this stuff. It’s all union busting GREED.

  9. sportsfan69 - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Operation Valkyrie needs to be executed immediately. The Fuhrer and His brother need to be removed now!

    Where’s Blomfeld and Joey?

    • mississippimudslinger - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      making out with each other , holding hands .. etc
      (oh wait that’s not possible, seeing how they are the same person! )

      • valoisvipers - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM

        miss mud That joke is now officially older than you are. Go away lil boy.

    • blomfeld - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      Sportsfan69 – Yes friend, I agree that something “now” needs to be done in terms of the Fehr brothers. Whatever they had originally hoped to achieve for the players, has today no doubt gone by the wayside. And so their cause now can only be a “self-serving” one, driven solely by personal gain and ego. As they say, it sometimes takes more courage to walk away from a conflict than to stay and fight. Well I would submit that the Fehr brothers are now showing themselves to be complete and utter cowards … and therefore their immediate removal (Valkyrie) would be the prudent and “right” thing to do.

      “Who” however will be the brave and noble Von Stauffenberg ? Ovechkin works for the NKVD and so he’s out of the question … same thing with Kovalchuk. Perhaps the pair of Parise or Suter ? Again not likely, given their counterfeit “money-making” operation. No, I think there’s only one man who has the clout, prestige and power to put these Fehr brothers out of commission … and that would be Sidney Crosby ! Hopefully he will see that himself and hopefully he will resolve to do “that” which must now be done, for the sake of all … God willing.

  10. broadstbully33 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Kansas City?

    • handsofsweed - Nov 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Great BBQ, but they don’t have a hockey team. You wanna talk about the Chiefs, hit the PFT button at the top of the page.

  11. sportsfan69 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Hey Mississippimudslinger,

    I may agree with Blomfeld and Joey4. At least I’m not an ignorant backwards hillbilly like yourself.

    • mississippimudslinger - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      then what are you?? queer?

      • ratflop - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        and if he was?

      • blomfeld - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        Mudslinger – You sir are an “agent of hatred” and as such I reject the ugliness which you continually spew on this website. Therefore kindly take your wickedness and go elsewhere !

  12. mississippimudslinger - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Dumbfeld , unlike you , I’m not here to win a popularity contest and try to make everyone agree with my statements , you’re act is tired , come up with some new material (you should have plenty of time seeing how you wont be watching any NHL Hockey this Season).. oh and you’re not an Authority Figure on this site , so quit acting like one .

  13. mississippimudslinger - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Ratflop , awww did I strike a nerve within your “pink team you play for” lifestyle?

    • ratflop - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      By my asking “and if he was?”, I was simply looking for an answer from you, specifically on whether someone being queer or not matters in this instance. I’m guessing for you that it does, would very much like to know why – I hope you can take the time to answer this.

      • mississippimudslinger - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.[2](Leviticus 18:22 KJV)
        If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.[3](Leviticus 20:13 KJV)

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM

        Missi: That book is also pretty big on slavery. You still into that too? It also says that someone wearing a poly/cotton blend shirt should be executed. Ditto a guy in the same bed with a woman who is on her period. Ever done either of those capital crimes?

      • ratflop - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:13 AM

        Mississippi – If you are truly the religious type – then why continuously judge others? “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you” 7:1-2

  14. id4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    And the rich are not suffering… Mario moves into $20 million home north of Montreal.

  15. rockthered1286 - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Wait wait wait… Pittsburgh has a tourism board? Don’t you need actual tourists for this to be necessary?

  16. id4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Excellent perspective offered by a reputed journalist.

    • valoisvipers - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Wow quite the shack. I sure would like to duck hook a drive off of his roof one day.
      Kidding aside, good for him, if any one ever saw where he grew up you would say that too.

      • id4joey - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        Hey! I’m happy for the guy. He didn’t grow up in the best hoods of Montreal indeed. You know, I actually saw Mario grow up, and play at every level until he got drafted by the Pens. He was pretty much a prima donna. The stories….. Anyway, he grew up and is doing well with his money and foundation. Good for the home boy.

  17. bleed4philly - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Suck it Pittsburg!

    • upyoursnfu - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      You can’t even spell Pittsburgh correctly….typical of a Fithadelphian like yourself.

      • valoisvipers - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        Great guys, nice to see the old hatred brewing again. Lets get hockey going again. I miss this stuff.

    • Eberwizzle - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      I’m a Philadelphia fan but that was pretty lame bleed4philly.

  18. mississippimudslinger - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    blomfeld is a loser

    • valoisvipers - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Go away mud.

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