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11-29-2012, 12:19 PM
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Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown read reports last week that the cancellation of the 2013 NHL All-Star Game will cost Columbus and central Ohio an estimated $12 million in revenue and $50 million in media exposure. That's just the All-Star Game, mind you. It does not take into account the 11 regular-season games that would have been held in Nationwide Arena were it not for the ongoing NHL lockout.

Brown, re-elected earlier this month after a contentious campaign, wants to do something about it.

The Dispatch has obtained a letter that will be sent later today from Brown's office to Karen Mills of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C. Brown's office said he's looking for ways to help business in and around the Arena District that have been hurt by the lockout, now in its 75th day.

It's unclear what form that help would take, but area business told The Dispatch last week that they've eliminated some positions and scaled back the working hours of others because the the loss of hockey home games has significantly curtailed crowds on weeknights.

Brown also wants to work with local leaders -- the Blue Jackets, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, etc. -- to lobby the NHL for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. (There likely won't be a 2014 All-Star Game because of the Olympics in Socchi, Russia.)

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