Economic impact of Big Ten announcement worries Bloomington, West Lafayette

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Tourism officials in Indiana are weighing in on what the loss of fall sports means for the state.

The Big 10 announced the cancellation of fall sports, including football, on Tuesday. Inside Indiana Business reports that the announcement was expected by officials in Bloomington and West Lafayette, who count on the millions of dollars that pour into the local economy during the I-U and Purdue football seasons.

Hotels, restaurants and bars will miss out on roughly 40 thousand additional customers that would have come to town during home game weekends.

They say the impact is felt more deeply in the two communities, because they are smaller than other Big Ten towns.



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