In St. Paul, pain of NHL lockout more a pinch than a punch

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 19, 2012 - 12:31 PM

Income from sales and lodging taxes, one barometer of a city's economic health, hasn't shown a broad effect.

  • 13
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
olson123456Dec. 19, 12 4:13 AM

I can hardly wait to see what the downtown St. Paul Macy's does on January 1 when they aren't obliged to remain open because of their sweetheart tax deal with the city a few years back.

cavellDec. 19, 12 7:21 AM

So is the lockout bad or not? How does the Xcel center even keep the lights on? Is it still open?

acctsah2Dec. 19, 1210:22 AM

I thought having a professional team was an economic boom to the area it was located in? Are you telling me this isn't true??? (Gasp). So instead of spending money on Wild games people spend their money somewhere else....(Double Gasp) Wait, does that mean the only people that really benefit from having a pro team are the owners and players of said team......(Triple Gasp).....

gejoh003Dec. 19, 1210:22 AM

If the businesses opened and relied on the NHL team to bring in their business, that's their own fault. It's not the job of the NHL and their fans to support local businesses.

jimbowmanDec. 19, 1210:36 AM

41 days(not including preseason and playoffs) should not have that big of effect on local business. Sounds like they have bigger problems the other 324 days of the year.

mnnative5Dec. 19, 1211:02 AM

I wonder if people understand some of the restaurants are taking a hit and going to support them. I'm planning on going to Tom Reids! That said, i'm sick of all these negative comments about hockey, about the businessess supporting the hockey culture, etc. They make it a fun experience on game days, lay off them.

cavellDec. 19, 1212:07 PM

i dont care if the nhl ever comes back

nomedsDec. 19, 1212:10 PM

A lot of people who don't go to hockey games or any other professional sport games will stay away from going downtown to shop or dine if there is a game going on, because they don't want to be accosted by disorderly drunk fans. Personally, I stay away from downtown if the Twins or Wolves are playing here for this reason.

garagewineDec. 19, 1212:21 PM

Professional sports franchises are a fickle mistress. Best not to rely too heavily on them.

koolioDec. 19, 1212:29 PM

The article illustrates why the logic of public financing for sports/stadiums is often specious, at best. Money spent on entertainment (sports) is "discretionary spending", and if not spent on sports, will be spent elsewhere - movies, bowling, concerts, plays, etc, etc.


Comment on this story   |  


St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn 4 FINAL
Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann 3
Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle 5 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber 0
LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 5
Baltimore - LP: B. Norris 2 FINAL
Boston - WP: J. Tazawa 4
Minnesota - LP: K. Correia 4 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: B. Chen 5
Cincinnati - LP: T. Cingrani 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: E. Jackson 8
Houston - LP: C. Qualls 3 FINAL
Oakland - WP: D. Otero 4
Milwaukee - WP: J. Henderson 8 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: J. Grilli 7
Atlanta - WP: E. Santana 7 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: B. Colon 5
NY Yankees - LP: I. Nova 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer 16
Seattle - LP: R. Elias 0 FINAL
Miami - WP: H. Alvarez 7
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Quintana 3 FINAL
Texas - WP: C. Lewis 6
Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick 1 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. Lyles 3
Arizona - LP: M. Bolsinger 6 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: D. Haren 8
San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: E. Stults 3
Brooklyn 94 FINAL
Toronto 87
Golden State 109 FINAL
LA Clippers 105
Atlanta 101 FINAL
Indiana 93
Memphis 86 FINAL
Oklahoma City 100
Chicago 3 FINAL(OT)
St. Louis 4
Columbus 4 FINAL(OT)
Pittsburgh 3
Minnesota 2 FINAL
Colorado 4
Houston 0 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
New England 1 FINAL
Chicago 1
San Jose 0 FINAL
Colorado 0
Los Angeles 2 FINAL
Vancouver FC 2
Columbus 1
Toronto FC 1 FINAL
FC Dallas 2
Montreal 0 FINAL
Sporting Kansas City 4
Portland 0 FINAL
Real Salt Lake 1
Seattle 2 FINAL
Chivas USA 1





question of the day

Poll: Which quarterback is best in the NFL draft?

Weekly Question


Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters