The NHL cancelled the remainder of preseason games, according to a report from CBS Sports. The looming inevitability of regular-season games being cancelled has hockey fans in a state of depression, and the lockout is sure to have a negative effect on the sport, fans and businesses the longer it lasts.
However, there are a few entities out there who will benefit from hockey's work stoppage, and most of them play in the same cities as NHL teams, sometimes in the same buildings.
With media attention on hockey now firmly fixated on labor dispute developments (or lack thereof), the NBA will have the stage all to itself. If the lockout cancels a full season, basketball is sure to draw the attention of casual hockey fans in the mood for a little team sport.
The lack of competition could mean an increase in ticket sales as working-class fans are no longer forced to decide between the two sporting events. In other cases, where ticket sales will not be as greatly impacted, mere media exposure could be the payoff for basketball.
Here are five specific teams who will turn hockey's loss into their own gain.