MLB lockdown cancels 2022 spring training games, businesses face again
From restaurants to hotels, a washout of the spring training season would hurt businesses in Arizona and Florida that depend on it.
- MLB’s lockdown isn’t just bad news for fans, but for the businesses they support each spring.
- Arizona and Florida each estimate that games bring in more than $600 million in revenue each year.
- But for the third year in a row, companies are wondering if things will return to “normal”.
After hoping to finally hit a financial circuit, companies that cater to fans who flock to baseball’s spring training are beginning to wonder if they’ll face another strikeout.
A labor dispute between Major League Baseball and its players’ union that began with a lockout in December has left restaurants, hotels and other fan-dependent businesses in limbo. Management has set a Monday deadline that will cause regular season games to be canceled if an agreement cannot be reached.
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