MLB lockout cancels 2022 spring training games, businesses cope again

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MLB lockout cancels 2022 spring training games, businesses cope again

From restaurants to hotels, a washout of the spring training season would hurt Arizona and Florida businesses that depend on it.

  • The MLB lockout isn’t just bad news for fans, but for the businesses they support each spring.
  • Arizona and Florida each estimate the games bring more than $600 million in revenue every year.
  • But for the third consecutive year, businesses are wondering if things will return to ‘normal.’

Having hoped to hit a financial homer at long last, businesses that cater to fans flocking to check out baseball’s spring training are starting to worry whether they will 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 businesses that depend on fans in limbo. Management has set a Monday deadline that will result in canceled regular-season games if an agreement can’t be reached.

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