NHL Lockout Costing St. Louis

Brian Kelly Twitter:@brpkelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – As the National Hockey League lockout continues with no end in sight, the losses for those who depend on revenue generated by the St. Louis Blues continue to grow.

In addition to the vendors who depend on sales and tips to make ends meet, the city of St. Louis also comes out a loser in the dispute between owners and players.

According to numbers provided by city officials, the loss of 20 games so far has cost the city roughly $1.7 million in tax revenue.  Mayor Francis Slay said that wiped out some unexpected revenue that was generated in the fall.

“The Cardinals being in the NLCS really did help us,” Slay said. “We got about $1.5 million we weren’t anticipating but what’s happening with the hockey now is going to offset that.”

But like fans, Slay can only stand by, watch, and hope the lockout ends soon.

“It’s really beyond what we can do. I have talked to the ownership of the Blues and certainly they want to get this thing done but they did indicate it’s not going to be easy,” he said.

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