HOUSTON—Businesses around the Toyota Center said Tuesday they were prepared for the two-week void in basketball-related revenue, thanks to the NBA lockout.
The Flying Saucer, a bar and eatery just blocks from the Toyota Center, said fans make up 10 percent of their customers each game day.
"We always end up getting a crowd, but those pregame and postgame crowds always help us out for sure," Zach Ritter, a manager at Flying Saucer, said.
NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the upcoming season – exactly 100 games – after more than seven hours of negotiations on Monday failed to produce a new labor deal for the league.
And now, those canceled games will translate to lost revenue some local businesses.
Kent Maree, the president of 713-Tickets, located just blocks from the Toyota Center, said he was prepared to take a slight hit as well.
Maree said Houston is already a tough basketball market for fans.
"Houston fans tend to be real fickle, they want to see how they come out of the gate, if they’re a winning ball club," Maree said.
Unfortunately, fans will miss out on those first two weeks of the season, not to mention the preseason, to determine that for themselves.
"It does hurt us in the sense of affecting the first game. Anything after that, like I said, people need to see how they perform," Maree said.
Businesses hope the lockout won’t continue, as the repercussions extend far beyond just the NBA, its players and the fans.
The Rockets would not comment about the situation, due to league regulations.
However, it does appear business will function as usual inside the Toyota Center, despite the lockout.
If you are already a season ticket holder, you have some options. You can either ask for a refund for all six canceled home games, or you can choose to receive a credit toward the playoffs or next year’s season tickets.