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Indianapolis Businesses Concerned By NBA Cancellations

Business owners say if the rest of the season is cancelled, they could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue.

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The NBA has cancelled the first two weeks of the season and Indianapolis businesses are starting to worry about the effects it will have on their business.

The first two weeks of the NBA regular season are gone and many downtown Indianapolis businesses are getting concerned about the rest of the season. Tom Sutton with Coaches Tavern says if the lockout had to happen, this is the best year for it in Indianapolis.

“We have the Big Ten football championship in December followed by the Super Bowl which will be just absolutely huge for any downtown business, and then we follow that up with the Big Ten basketball tournament,” he says. “So we’ll make up for a lot of lost revenue.”

However, Sutton says if the entire season is lost, he would be looking at six figures lost in revenue. Other restaurant owners are considering employee layoffs.

“It’s definitely something that our employees look forward to as well,” he says. “They know it’s going to be a good night. They’re going to make some money and if there’s nobody in here then we definitely don‘t need as many people.”

Kate with O’Reilly’s Irish Bar & Restaurant says she does not think her employees will lose their jobs but they will most likely lose shifts.

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