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12-08-2012, 09:19 PM
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Star Tribune looks at the different impacts of the lockout

Referees. No pay with no games. (But they can get a loan from league against future earnings.) Non-US refs living in US have work visas that only allow them to officiate, so they're waiting. US refs have the option of finding a job.

Restaurants laying off workers (32 of 48 at one establishment who gets ~50% of their revenue from Wild games).

"They don't understand, you're not just affecting your bottom line," Kasel said. "The trickle-down effect of the hundreds of thousands of people that are being killed by this, financially, is astronomical."

Added Geisen: "The highest levels of government should get involved because they're impacting the national economy. It goes so deep."

Fans can't stand the sight of ice. Charities even hit.

Money has dried up for Defending the Blue Line, which provides equipment for military kids: "We have more gear than we'd ever know what to do with, and we don't have money to ship it."

Without games, the Wild staff "just" work in an office. Sponsor/corporate sales guys no only have had their salaries cut, but also have lost their commissions.

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