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by George Malik on 05/29/12 at 10:32 AM ET
On Monday, Crain’s Detroit Business’s Bill Shea penned an article about the adverse effects of a lockout upon any attempts by the Red Wings’ ownership to secure public subsidies for Joe Louis Arena’s follow-on facility, but the article’s blocked by a paywall, so MLive’s Brendan Savage provides the gist of Shea’s article (via RedWingsFeed) in publicly-accessible form this morning:
[A lockout] could be a roadblock to getting a new arena built in downtown Detroit, a Clemson University economics professor said in a story by Crain’s Detroit Business.
It was reported last week that the Red Wings have selected an architect for a possible new building to replace aging Joe Louis Arena, which opened in 1979.
But if Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch wants tax payers to help foot the bill for the arena, which is expected to cost upwards of $300 million, he could encounter resistance if there’s another lockout when the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement expires in September.
“Public money requires political support, and you lose that by canceling hockey games,” said Raymond “Skip” Sauer, the Clemson instructor who writes for TheSportsEconomist.com blog.
Politicians might be reluctant to support funding for an arena if the players and owners can’t reach an agreement that would prevent the cancellation of games, which would hurt business owners, vendors, concessions workers and others who rely on NHL games for income during the winter.
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