Hockey & Haydn: Civic Assets That Come At A Big Cost

What does the work stoppage at the St. Louis Symphony have to do with the cancellation of the National Hockey League’s season? “Symphony orchestras and hockey teams have a much higher profile than their market clout would otherwise warrant… For orchestras and hockey teams are both considered civic assets, evidences that a community is sophisticated and ‘major league.’… Consequently, there are more and more orchestras and more and more professional hockey teams in smaller communities whose resources are insufficient to sustain them in difficult economic times.”