NCAA sanctions could affect local businesses

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COLUMBIA - The penalties the University of Missouri received could have a negative effect on the local economy, local business owners said.

"You take money out of our athletic budget and send it somewhere else, that's money that won't be spent in our local stores, restaurants and hotels," said Richard Walls, owner of The Heidelberg. 

Walls said that on a normal football weekend, The Heidelberg could see as many as 500 to 1000 people. 

"When the team is winning and the attendance is up that can have quite a large economic impact on those large volume days," said Walls. 

The Mizzou sanctions could have an effect on the future recruiting process. Walls said recruits come to his restaurant and he wonders if he will see a difference. 

"What will be interesting to see is if we will still have the same amount of recruits or if its just there's certain times they don't come in," said Walls. 

Michelle Dillard, the owner of Tiger Spirit, a Mizzou apparel store, also said she is worried about the effect the sanctions could have on her store. 

"We are certainly concerned that it might" have an impact, Dillard said. She said she is waiting to see if the appeal will change things.

Dillard said home games are the busiest days of the year for Tiger Spirit, and even though the ban pertains to the postseason, she is worried attendance may drop on gamedays. 

Both business owners said they are hoping the appeals process will work in their favor. 

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