WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) --Despite the big and brassy sound of the musical group "Madison Lively Stones," which on Monday night played a raucous rendition of the Christmas carol "Silent Night," the nights are pretty silent these days outside the Verizon Center.
With the National Hockey League lockout now in its third month, and the winless Washington Wizards near the bottom of the league in attendance, businesses around the Verizon Center say they can't wait for the Wizards to start winning and for the hockey lockout to end.
Gabriel Voluntad, the manager of the Red Line, a popular sports bar right across the street from the Verizon Center, says the cancellation of hockey games this year has cost the restaurant more than 100-thousand dollars.
"This whole restaurant is packed, there's no place to sit anywhere during Caps games, so it definitely hurts us a lot," Voluntad said.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like things will be getting better anytime soon. The NHL lockout shows no sign of ending and, after Monday night's drubbing at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, the Wizards are now just six losses away from equaling the worst start in National Basketball League history.