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Local businesses taking a hit from losing Hogs games

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV)--Little Rock is expected to lose $3.7 Million yearly, after an announcement is made that the Razorbacks will now play just one game, instead of two per year at War Memorial Stadium.

70 percent of those millions brought in to Little Rock are spent at local restaurants, the rest is likely hotel driven, according to the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.

However, it wasn't just about losing revenue; the announcement was also a big talker for 103.7 The Buzz's Drivetime Sports Show, as fans called in voicing their opinions.

"They got two more years of game in Little Rock … I mean what's that? I mean seriously 17 and 18 and it's over? Might as well end it with 2016," said caller "Sterling".

War Memorial Stadium Commission Chair, Kevin Krass, was also on The Buzz adding, "A compromise, university didn't get all they wanted, we didn't get all we wanted, but as we said today, we believe this is a partnership that's gone on for decades."

WMS and the University of Arkansas reached a deal to extend their contract through 2018. While that means two additional years of the Hogs playing in little rock, local area restaurants will be losing out on revenue.

"We're basically busy here Friday, Saturday and Sunday whenever the Razorbacks are in town," said Gusano's Pizzeria Area Manager, Carla Rackley.

Gusano's doubles their staff when the Hogs come to Little Rock, but making big bucks two weekends a year will soon be a thing of the past for many area restaurants.

"Hurts everyone, and not only that, we pay a lot of taxes I mean, and that's a lot of revenue that the city too that they're not going to have anymore," added Rackley.

The next Little Rock game fans can catch here at WMS will be October 18, 2014 when they play against Georgia.

After 2014, it's still undetermined who the Hogs will play in Little Rock.

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