The Real Deal Miami

NBA lockout could cost Miami area $200 million in revenue

November 16, 2011 04:15PM

The NBA lockout is having an impact on Miami’s service industry, turning an area usually thriving around the American Airlines Arena into something far quieter, and the effect is expanding across the city. “These guys want to make more money, but they are totally messing with me,” said Chris Pereira-Ignacio, a bartender at the Doral Buffalo Wild Wings. “Last year for the NBA it was crazy. It was full house at capacity — it was great.” According to some economists, the Heat represented an average of $200 million for South Florida’s economy. [CBS Miami]