It’s not exactly a revelation that the people being hurt most by a lockout are low level team employees and businesses that rely on large crowds attending games for survival, but Carol Hopkins of The Oakland Press went out and talked to some of the business owners who are worried that no games at the Palace will mean significantly less money for them this year:
(Post Bar manager Darrel) Krause said if this year’s season drops from its normal 82 games to 50, he’ll lose $100,000 in revenue.
“The events at The Palace make us an event-driven bar,” he said. “It’s why we’re here. Without The Palace revenues, it makes business on a day-to-day basis very difficult. We want the contract negotiations settled.”
Krause, who oversees 40 employees, said his team was “very cognizant” of the negotiations. The Post management haven’t cut staff, Krause said, but they haven’t hired either. “We’ve lost staff because of it,” he said.
I haven’t been to The Post in a few years, but I lived about a mile away from there in college and used to hang out there all the time. It’s a staple for many Pistons fans before and after games. Just another reason to hope that the cautious optimism surrounding yesterday’s negotiating session turns into an actual agreement.