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Avs absence from TV a concern for bar owners

Posted at 5:26 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 21:57:56-04

DENVER — A lot of Avalanche fans are upset that so far there's not a way to watch the team on TV.

A dispute has taken the Avs, as well as the Denver Nuggets, off Altitude TV, which means the Pepsi Center is just about the only place you can watch the game.

Some Denver bar owners say they're unhappy that Altitude and the cable networks can't reach an agreement.

They say while those groups fight over money, the blackout is affecting the bottom line of local businesses.

Bars like Blake Street Tavern and the Sportsbook Bar and Grill Wash Park say game days are big revenue generators for them.

The Avalanche and Nuggets games are even more important than before because the Rockies had a lackluster season and the Broncos are just not off to a good start.

One bar owner says the current situation is bad for Denver's economy.

"I have a really large staff and I have to cut down my staff, and that cuts down on their income and it cuts down on the bar's income and it hurts everybody," said Chris Fuselier, owner of the Black Street Tavern.

"We have one of the best hockey teams int he league and one of he best basketball teams in the league and we can't show either one of them in our own state, so it's pretty ridiculous right now," said Sportsbook Bar and Grill owner John Porter.

For now there's no end in sight to the dispute, so bars are showing other games in hopes that will bring in fans.