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Even escort services getting hurt by NBA lockout

Nov 22, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

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On a macro level, the NBA lockout really isn’t going to hurt cities much. Studies show the money you would have spent on NBA tickets you will spend on movies, dinners, maybe seeing a hockey game. It still gets spent and the city still benefits.

But on a micro level people will get hurt — people who work in the arenas, the guy who bartends at the pub across the street from the arena, hotels where NBA teams stay…

And escort services.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell took a look at the pains of some small businesses and added this about the ladies of the night.

A 30 percent decline seems to be the magic number, even for Henry, who runs an escort service in New York that he says charges between $400 and $4,000 an hour, depending on the woman.

Henry says he takes between 65 and 80 percent of the total cut to match the players and other high-profile fans, who are with the client an average of four hours.

“There are replacements but they aren’t as consistent and not nearly as high paying,” Henry said.

There are players who prefer paid professional escorts to the many groupies that follow teams around because the pros are discrete and go away quietly when it’s over. There are no Internet postings or stories among friends. Discretion matters.

So if you can help out the economy, go spend some money and help out the bartenders and hotels that are feeling the pinch with the loss of the NBA, as well as the… no way I’m going there. How you choose to spend your money is up to you.

  1. lucky5934 - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    On a side note, the escort services in Europe have seen a 30% increase in revenue the last couple of months.

  2. b7p19 - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Damn, I can only imagine what a $4,000 an hour woman is like.

  3. lastdukestreetking - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    For $4000/hr think pornstar.

  4. addict2sport - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    $4000 per hour? I wonder what they do the other 58 minutes.

    • dgforreal - Nov 22, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      ZING!

  5. sknut - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Well since fans have money they didn’t spend on tickets and concessions, I guess we can pick up the slack.

  6. santolonius - Nov 22, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    so let me get this straight… we don’t get to watch basketball right now because the players are holding out against the owners for hooker money? this is why i should support the players? so they can have 4000 dollar an hour hookers?

  7. suhnum1fan - Nov 22, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Is escorting legalized prostitution? These sluts aren’t just giving massages.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 22, 2011 at 6:35 PM

      It would not be legal.

  8. mgscott - Nov 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Did this article really need to be posted ?

  9. steelerchicken - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    What intern came up with this story idea? This is hilarious!!! I hope OWS does not get a hold of this idea. Since, the people on wall street might be getting a discount

  10. mojosmagic - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Let me try to connect the dots. The NBA is on strike and the hoes and pimps are hurting. So sad I think I will cry. Without hookers NBA players get more @ss then a toilet seat.

  11. thetooloftools - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Is this part of the reason that many NBA players (like LeBron James) are not married to the women who bear their children? Ya know…. just wonderin’.

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