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Game 7 Means Big Boost For DFW Businesses

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - Sports bars all across North Texas are gearing up for another busy night of baseball.
Game seven could mean even bigger profits for business owners, especially since Wednesday’s rain postponement pushed the final game to a Friday night.

Excited Rangers fans packed Frankie’s Sports Bar in Sundance Square, Thursday night, ready to cheer on their team to victory.
But that win will have to come in game seven.

“We so should have won, we had it won!” Rangers fan Kelly Waggoner exclaimed after Thursday’s disappointing loss in the 11th inning, “We had it won!  Gah!”

Despite the frustration for fans, the game six loss was a huge win for business owners.

The Texas Rangers have been big business for restaurants and sports bars.

Frankie’s owner Bill Katz says when a North Texas team goes all the way in the postseason, one bar could gross an extra $250,000, but that gives him mixed emotions.

“Obviously as a business owner, as an entrepreneur, I want every series to go to game seven, I want extra innings,” he said. “But I’ve really crossed the line between entrepreneur and fan. I would rather win in four than lose in seven, even though seven means more revenue.”

It actually means three times the profit for Frankie’s, which has locations in Fort Worth, Dallas and Lewisville.

“From a business standpoint this probably works out better for me because when we win tonight, and I said ‘when’ not ‘if’, it will be a Friday night,” he explained.  “People don’t have to work tomorrow, so there will probably be a lot more people staying out and celebrating, patting each other on the backs because those are our boys.”

“You’re going to have people everywhere, just like when the Cowboys are in the Super Bowl,” said Richard Collins of Fort Worth, “the whole city shuts down, so there will be a lot of excitement.”

Collins and his friend Eddie Farmer may be two of those fans fighting the crowds Friday night.

“At a sports bar it might be better,” said Farmer, who watched the game at home Thursday, “If I’m at home I might be flipping channels.”

While they have high hopes that the night will end with a Rangers championship, the postseason has already been a success for the economy.

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