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NHL deal at what cost?

When the NHL returns, will the fans – and more important, the advertising dollars – also return?

Updated: June 13, 2005, 8:25 AM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

With the way things seem to be going in the talks between the National Hockey League and the players' union, it appears there will be hockey at some point next season.

But what will be the financial fallout? It all begins with how many fans will show up for games when play resumes. The most recent work stoppages in Major League Baseball and the NBA caused immediate attendance declines of 20 and 2.2 percent, respectively, and both sports needed at least four years to recover to previous ...

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