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Return of Hockey Is Good News for San Jose Businesses

Business owners near San Jose's HP Pavilion are breathing a sigh of relief now that it appears major-league hockey is coming back.  The National Hockey League has a tentative deal in place to end its player lockout, and assuming it's ratified by players Wednesday, Sharks games will return later this month.

Rick Jensen of the San Jose Downtown Association expects that to boost business at downtown restaurants and bars.  "It's a big bump because of the employee impact of them not playing," he said.  "(When the team doesn't play) the business owners do not schedule their people.  They make them stay home.  And once those people make tips and some money, then they're re-spending down too, so there's a secondary effect."

Jensen says the labor lockout cost downtown hangouts as much as a million dollars in lost business.  

He says each Sharks game amounts to as much as a $100,000 impact on the city of San Jose.

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