This Is How Much The Lockout Has Cost The NHL So Far

2004 NHL Lockout

Hockey fans just suffered their worst casualty of the lockout so far; the NHL has cancelled the first two weeks of its regular season.While fans remained frightened and livid at the possibility of missing an entire year of hockey due to the lockout, as they did during the 2004-2005 season, they aren’t the ones losing money.

Players and owners are — and they just lost a lot, in ticket sales and player salaries alone.

Last year, a leaked NHL report revealed the total value of ticket revenues of all 30 teams during the 2010-2011: $1.2 billion. 

Teams play 1,230 games in a typical regular season. That means if you miss one game, it costs the league approximately $975,000 in ticket sales. Missing 82 means the league loses $80 million.

And player salaries? That’s about $1.7 billion, according to last years figures. Missing 82 games of means hockey players have lost $113 million, collectively.

So the lockout has cost the NHL almost $200 million. Some players have supplemented their income playing abroad, so maybe that changes how players are analysing financial incentives. But these figures don’t even include lost merchandise and concessions sales at games, parking, and all the money that the a hockey game can bring to bars, restaurants, and businesses that surround stadiums.

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