The Impact of the NHL Lockout on County Employment
International Journal of Sport Finance, 11, 2, 2016
17 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2013 Last revised: 12 Aug 2016
Date Written: May 20, 2015
The National Hockey League (NHL) had a lockout that lasted the entire 2004-2005 season. Because this lockout cancelled the season, it provides a unique opportunity to analyze the economic impact on county employment and payroll in the sectors relevant to the sporting world. We test 3 and 4-digit NAICS codes, including Accommodation, Drinking Places, Restaurants, and Spectator Sports. Using the impact found in a county with an NHL team, relative to trends in the surrounding counties, we find no general impact on employment, but we find a decrease in payroll in some sectors.
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