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NBA lockout pain widely felt in cities

Tyreke Evans has lost nearly $400,000 since the NBA lockout began Nov. 1, according to estimates by the website www.hoopslockoutlog.com.

Kevin Givens figures he has lost several hundred dollars so far.

Guess who's probably feeling more pain?

As the NBA owners and players slug it out in court over how to divide $4 billion in annual revenue, scores of people who don't earn their money on the court are being hurt by the labor dispute.

From janitors at Power Balance Pavilion who may lose their health insurance to song and dance groups missing out on the chance to shine at halftime, the absence of NBA games is having a ripple effect that is just now being felt by some.

Givens is one of them. As a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy who has worked as an off-duty security officer at about 500 Sacramento Kings games over the last 11 years, he has come to count on the extra income.

"We get paid every two weeks, and if you work four games in one pay period, that adds up," said Givens, a 16-year veteran of the department who "loved them, absolutely loved" working Kings games.

A father of three whose wife does not work outside the home, Givens said he notices the income lost from the games that have been canceled since Nov. 1.

Read the complete story at sacbee.com

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