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by Paul on 12/09/12 at 10:15 AM ET
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bosotn Globe,
The lifeblood of fantasy hockey is the data — goals, assists, points, saves, etc. — that NHL players provide. So with no NHL games being played, fantasy hockey has become irrelevant.
“It was growing at a really good clip,” said Darryl Dobbs, founder of Dobber Hockey. “The lockout stopped that completely. There’s no growth. The momentum is completely gone.”
Dobbs’s products include a fantasy guide, a midseason report, a prospects guide, and a goalie guide. These publications account for approximately 90 percent of Dobbs’s income. Advertising on his website, which hosts a pool manager, accounts for the other 10 percent.
If the 2012-13 season is scrubbed, Dobbs estimates business will be down 50 percent. If a prompt resolution takes place, Dobbs pegs a 20 percent loss as a best-case scenario.
“With the keeper leaguers, most of them will be back if the season is saved,” Dobbs said. “If it’s gone, we’re going to be losing 30 percent of them. What we are losing, even with a late start, is the casual fan, the casual poolie. I would hope they’d come back next season.
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