nflpa en Detroit's economy could take a hit from an NFL lockout <p>The city of Detroit could face an economic hit this fall if the <a href="">National Football League</a> and <a href="">its players</a> don&rsquo;t agree on a new contract.&nbsp; How big an impact is not clear.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The current contract between NFL owners and the players association expires at midnight.&nbsp;&nbsp; Without a deal, <a href="">Ford Field</a> in Detroit will sit empty during the Lions scheduled pre-season and regular season home games this fall.</p><p>A study commissioned by the players association says $20 million&nbsp;is spent on average in NFL cities during regular season home games.&nbsp; In some cities, much more is spent.&nbsp; The <a href="">Christian Science Monitor</a> reports small businesses may pay a big price.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">Jesse David is a senior vice president with Edgeworth Economics</a>, the company that did the study.&nbsp; David admits people will probably spend money on some form of entertainment, whether or not they go to a game, but they may not spend it in Detroit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It may be that someone else, somewhere else sees their income go up&hellip;but there&rsquo;s still going to be an effect on a group of people.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Even if they miss tonight&rsquo;s deadline, NFL owners and players still have several months before games will have to be canceled or rescheduled. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:25:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 1496 at Detroit's economy could take a hit from an NFL lockout