NFL, NBA Lockouts Leave N. Texans At A Loss

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – So let’s get this straight. We get a parade and now it’s over? No Mavericks basketball? No defending the title?

“I think it’s a pretty big bummer that the Mavericks just won their first championship and now we’re talking about locking out for the next year,” said Mavs’ fan, Scott McGarity.

Whether NFL or NBA, “lockout” seems to be a dirty word these days, especially to Dallas sports fans such as Clif Baker. “It’s a shame that you have owners and players with all this money and they can’t get in agreement.”

If Cowboys and Mavs’ fans feel bad, think about Randy Ford and all the other bar owners who rely on football and basketball. “I want the lockouts to end soon,” said the owner of J. Gilligan’s in Arlington.

When the Dallas Cowboys play at home, Ford’s bar provides shuttle service to and from the stadium. That means big crowds and big business. “On an average game day, we’ll take a minimum of 300 to 350 fans to the stadium. That could be as much as $7,000 in additional revenue,” said Ford. That revenue is on top of what fans who remain in the bar spend on food and drink while watching the games on TV.

Ford says the Mavs’ playoff run provided a nice boost as well, bringing in up to $3,000 every time they played.

Dr. Joshua Price is a sports economist at UT Arlington. Dr. Price agrees that bars will take a hit, but he’s not so sure the rest of the economy will. “When teams disappear, there’s very little impact on the overall economy, said the associate professor at UTA.

Dr. Price says if people don’t spend money on sporting events, they’ll spend it elsewhere. “If they can’t go to a basketball game, they may spend it on another form of entertainment such as theater, an amusement park or other ways where they find entertainment.”

Mavs’ gear is likely to be a feast or famine business in the wake of a lockout. Fans are feasting on it now after winning an NBA title. But memories fade and so might the sales of merchandise.


One Comment

  1. Hemroidious says:

    OMG! i can’t live! Give me a break. this is really stupid. Good bye NBA, NFL or who ever. I will keep my money Ok

  2. Randi Conn says:

    i am glad they are in a lock out, I beleive that NFL, an NBA players complain to much about how much money they make an when the world is having hard times people are losing jobs, families are having hard times putting food on the table. THe NFL an NBA players don’t have a worry in the world, they take everything for granted….

  3. Hemroidious says:

    Not me. Last time that I looked the sun still come up in the east and set in the west. I got no problem with that.

  4. Rick McDaniel says:

    The best thing that could happen to people, is for pro sports to go away.

    Stop the waste of time and money to make owners and players rich. Use that money on your family, and use that time with your family. Your family will become richer for it.

  5. Dana says:

    STAY HOME AND DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON TICKETS AND CONCESSION FOOD, AND PARKING. They will think twice about their freaking lockouts next time. Of course no one is actually gonna do that, so I guess those of us who don’t believe in allowing the sports team owners rape us, are unfortunetly going to have to listen to those people who don’t mind bending over and taking it whine.

  6. Lisa Lu Stidd says:

    I think it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to pro sports!! Saw on TV this morn. an NBA player tweeted about having to find a part-time job. Give me a break!! These pro players spend in one day, what the average American lives on in one month. Some of us on even less!! It’s no wonder our country is in debt when we pay millions for these “players” & then thousands more to watch them. Store up your treasures in heaven not on Earth, “Spend” on what is truly valuable- God, Family and true friends…

  7. Rick McDaniel says:

    That’s one of the best things that can happen, in this economy.

    May they stay locked out.

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