The NFL Lockout won't just affect the owners and the players. It will also affect thousands of local businesses that rely on NFL games to provide income and opportunity. With that in mind, New York's attorney general is launching an inquiry into whether the National Football League lockout violates the state's antitrust law.
"The expected blow to the state's economy will be tremendous," the head of Schneiderman's antitrust bureau said in a letter this week alerting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to the probe.
"Many New York public and private institutions depend heavily on the NFL training camp and regular season games to generate revenue," Assistant Attorney General Richard L. Schwartz told Goodell. Hotels, restaurants, retailers, transportation systems and thousands of New Yorkers working at concession stands, parking lots and stadiums will suffer, he wrote.
The NFL's response? "We will review the letter with our attorneys and then respond to the assistant attorney general."
Of course, if the lockout ends shortly, the inquiry is moot. And most believe this move is meant as just one more impetus to make sure that happens sooner than later.
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