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NHL lockout could cost Raleigh millions in revenue

Posted September 18, 2012
Updated September 19, 2012

— Hockey players and fans aren't the only ones on edge over the National Hockey League lockout – the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce says the city stands to lose millions in revenue if the Carolina Hurricanes don't hit the ice this season.

The lockout is especially tough on a mid-sized market like Raleigh, a city where the Hurricanes are its only professional sports franchise, says chamber President and CEO Harvey Schmitt.

Though the labor dispute is only in its first week, Schmitt is remembering the 2004 NHL lockout, when the Canes lost an entire season and millions of dollars.

Without hockey, the city misses out on revenue from ticket sales and concessions, spending at hotels and restaurants near PNC Arena and advertising.

"It can be the lost coverage we get as a market because our brand isn't out there," Schmitt said Tuesday.

More than that, Schmitt says, he and fans like him just miss the game. 

"(During the) last lockout, I would stick my head in the freezer just to smell the ice," he said. "I miss the smell of the ice, the sounds of the ice."

As of Tuesday, no games have been canceled and the Canes are scheduled to play a full season. However, season ticket holders were notified this week that tickets won't be mailed until owners and players reach an agreement to end the lockout.

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  • Frustrated Native Sep 27, 3:37 p.m.

    All of us as taxpayers helped save Karmanos' home town of Detroit with the auto industry bailout a few years ago, saving Detroit jobs, industries and the small businesses that rely upon the auto industry and jobs. This is how he repays Raleigh. You're welcome

  • markcolyer2 Sep 24, 10:42 p.m.

    I am all for dropping the Hurricanes and bringing in a less expensive MLS team. The NHL is a... View More

    — Posted by packfan1752

    MLS team, wow what a genius comment??? Shows how much you really understand about the area and... View More

    — Posted by firefly27616

    ...AND BORING

  • OGE Sep 20, 9:17 a.m.

    OK, enough is enough. Perhaps the Canes will vacate the premesis and the Pack can schedule... View More

    — Posted by tayled

    The times of the Pack games don't have anything to do with sparse attendance.

  • LoveMySports Sep 19, 8:00 p.m.

    To those who say you dislike hockey- why you reading the article?

    I do feel for those whose lives depend upon the Canes. These folks are the real losers in this mess. And yes Raleigh does lose reveune. I spend my Chatham County dollars in your county with every trip I make to the arena. But as I stated before all sports costs - the greed - is out of hand. It is time for the fans to make the stand and quit going to the games, buying the jersey's and other trinckets. Us FANS need to put the squeeze on the owners and players. It will never happen though. Too many of us including myself love to watch and cheer on our teams. But I do wish there was a way we could all band together and make them fret and squirm.

  • Got Peart Sep 19, 5:53 p.m.

    I think the NHL will have a hard time bouncing back after this - especially if it lingers. Shame. We were about to order tickets for this year. Guess that's a few hundred bucks staying in my pocket.

  • kkevin7048 Sep 19, 5:47 p.m.

    I'm glad I live close to Charlotte to get my hockey fix.Go Checkers !

  • wlcat609 Sep 19, 5:16 p.m.

    I feel that the NHL now is in a 'owners one upsmanship' situation....owners have plenty of money and owning an NHL team is like having ' a toy' to mess with. As a result they are being very GREEDY and really don't care about their administrative personnel, players, fans or anything else - just focused on their own EGOs and money!

    Mr. Bettman is just a mouthpiece for the group...and if the game is to remain a professional sport, he should be relieved of his duties.

    I used to be a real ice hockey fan....with what is happening now, I could care less about the sport (i.e., I've spent my last penny on anything involved with ice hockey) - even if the CBA situation was settled tomorrow!

  • kstan1006 Sep 19, 5:10 p.m.

    For those of you that do not like the sport, can't understand why you care to comment. In reading alot on the lockout in the past few days, there are alot of people with things/money to lose. The arena employees, concessions, anyone connected with the team..not to mention the foundations that depend on the fund- raising that is done by the Canes. Seems to me that the players and the owners need think about what they are doing and try to come to some kind of agreement..how about a 50/50 split. The players and owners will lose more money than that in the first few weeks of lockout than they are arguing about. There are some of us that live for September and Hurricanes Hockey, just as others live for college football and basketball. NHL and the players needs to get a grip and make a decision.

  • wlcat609 Sep 19, 5:05 p.m.

    Preseason cancelled....regular schedule still on tap so far....

  • jbyrd Sep 19, 3:40 p.m.

    Love hockey busyb97, also crazy about football but it is getting ridiculous the price we pay to enjoy them. Yes these guys deserve some really big bucks for there talent and effort to be the best but it went past reasonable a long time ago.

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