Fenway Games Canceled From MLB Lockout, Worries Nearby Businesses

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — With the Red Sox having their season pushed back from the Major League Baseball lockout and resulting game cancellations, Fenway-neighboring businesses are calling foul.

"We have had two years of COVID, we lost so much money, so much business in two years, and now we have the strike. That's not fair for small businesses- it's not fair," said Fenway Cafe Owner George. Located across the street from Fenway Park, the café could face trouble if the lockout lasts for more than a couple weeks, George said to WBZ's Suzanne Sausville.

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"The small businesses- they're not going to survive if we don't have a month or two of games. It's not good for the fans, we already have a crisis with losing fans- now it's going to be even worse. What are you going to do?" George said.

So far, six games out of the 81 previously scheduled Red Sox games at Fenway have been canceled.

"This is definitely lost business for us any way you look at it- it's pretty simple math right there and it's a percentage of our home business," Red Sox Team Store Manager Tim Pettit.

The Team Store located on Jersey Street won't sink from the initial cancellations, but Pettit said that any more could be devastating.

"Once you get beyond that, you're really getting into just too much to recover from and have a good year. There's a lot of people who's livelihoods depend around baseball coming to an agreement, we would love to see something work for both sides, but the key is that something is long-term so we can count on it. A nice ten-year deal would really be fantastic," Pettit said.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.

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