from David Muller of Mlive,
How big of an economic impact could the NHL lockout have on Hockeytown?
With the stalemate between the league and players now 10 days old, MLive Detroit has reached out to veteran economist David Littman, who has studied the economic impact of sports teams and major entertainment events on cities, to gauge the economic impact the Red Wings would add (or take away) from the city this year.
Littman's conclusion: If the Detroit Red Wings do not play a single home game this season, Detroit will be out $84.4 million.
Littman reached this number by estimating that the Red Wings would play about 45 home games at the Joe Louis Arena, with that number including a handful of playoff games.