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Local businesses anticipate economic impact as MLB lockout delays spring training


Local businesses, fans, and part-time stadium workers are fearing disputes between Major League Baseball players and team owners will get in the way of the much-anticipated spring training games.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What is revenue?
  2. What is an expense?
  3. What is profit? What must happen for a professional sports team to achieve a profit?
  4. What do you think the biggest expense is for professional sports teams?
  5. What is a lockout?
  6. Why did MLB owners lock out its players?
  7. What is fandom?
  8. How might the lockout impact the levels of fandom in Major League Baseball?
  9. What is publicity?
  10. What type of publicity is the current labor dispute in MLB creating surrounding the league?
  11. Why do you think it might be important for both the league and its players to to resolve the dispute sooner than later?
  12. If regular season games are canceled, how do you think fans will react?
  13. What is economic impact?
  14. Why is spring training important to businesses in communities where these games are typically played?
  15. How might the cancellation of spring training impact those businesses?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.


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