(CBS DETROIT) – Baseball fans will skip another opening day.
In 2020, the pandemic caused the closure of ball diamonds.
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The fun has returned in 2021 with limited places and restrictions; but this year another event is blocking fans from the stands as the MLB lockdown causes immobility.
“You’ve got this side that’s like, ‘Hey, let’s make a deal’ and that side is like, okay, we want to do the deal but the numbers aren’t even close,” Rico Beard of The Mike Valenti Show With Rico on 97.1 The Ticket.
The sports broadcaster said negotiations with CW50’s Cryss Walker could take months, leaving fans waiting for the two sides to reach an agreement.
“Players say, ‘Hey, just pay us and we can come back and stop trying to manipulate our contracts,’ so I think in the end, you’ll get a band-aid, Cryss,” Beard said.
“They’re going to deal with this problem for maybe two, three years, and we’ll be back in the same situation in 2025.”
As fans brace themselves, the lockdown could hurt the restaurant industry.
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Timothy Tharp owns both the Checker Bar and the Grand Trunk Pub in downtown Detroit.
The businessman says many owners are dependent on events like opening day and the lockdown could hurt their bottom line.
“I hope the businesses in the city center will survive this. I know for some it will be a blow that they may not survive,” Tharp said.
“I hope they will. At this point, many restaurant, hotel, and bar owners are used to pivoting, pivoting, and pivoting. It’s getting exhausting, but yeah, it’s definitely another hit that we definitely didn’t need.
According to SpotOn, a software development company for restaurants, the industry saw a slowdown in sales towards the end of December and into January, mainly due to reduced hours and closures due to the Covid-19 Omicron variant. .
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