GREEN BAY - The controversial Monday night call in the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game could cost Green Bay a home playoff game in January and that also means dollars lost.
For Packers home games, Debbie Jacques rents out the other side of her duplex, parks cars in her driveway and caters tailgate parties. She could miss an approximate $3,500 pay day if Monday night's debacle costs the Packers a home playoff game.
"I think all of us were robbed here in Green Bay," said Jacques.
"We think about that," said Jim Schmitt, Green Bay's mayor. "It's early in the season, but if that call costs us a playoff game, that would be awful for this community because it's millions of dollars."
A normal home game brings in about $8.2 million for the local economy, according to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Schmitt wrote about the financial impact in a letter he sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
"The chain is only as strong as its weakest link and those refs, that's a weak link in the NFL chain," said Schmitt. "I think they've got to get that fixed."
The people living in the area and its businesses aren't the only ones who could lose out. Charities are also affected. Nonprofit volunteers work concession stands at Lambeau Field, earning between $10,000 and $20,000 a season for their cause. A home playoff game just adds to that total.
"That's just an extra bonus, it's just a nice plus to have," said Lawry Larson, the general manager at the Hampton Inn Green Bay.
Larson's hotel doesn't budget for Packers playoff games, but he says the money to be made off of them can't be made up any other way.
"Not a chance, not in such a condensed period of time because you're talking one weekend," said Larson.
"It could substantially hurt our whole community," said Jacques.
Jacques hopes it doesn't come down to that. She hopes the missed call will just propel the Packers to another irreplaceable run to history.
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