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"The Denver Nuggets are a huge economic driver for Denver and for the entire hospitality industry that's in and around Pepsi Center," said Andrew Feinstein, owner of Jake's Food & Spirits.

Feinstein is also a blogger of all things Nuggets at He says without the Nuggets, there are a lot of missed financial opportunities.

"You've got hotel workers, security workers, local bartenders, bar backs," said Feinstein. "That's 40 or 50 dates where hotels aren't booked, the restaurants aren't packed, the bars aren't filled, the parking lot's not full."

Those impacts may be obvious. But, there are charities that depend on Nuggets home games for help.

"We serve thousands of meals," said Alexxa Gagner with the Denver Rescue Mission.

Each year, the Denver Rescue Mission puts on the "Do What You Can Canned Food Drive" where fans bring in donations before attending a home game.

"We've been able to collect thousands of pounds in food when we've done these drives," said Gagner.

She says they will still hold a drive during a Colorado Avalanche home game, but potentially losing such a big canned food campaign day during the holiday season is not good news right now.

"A couple thousand pounds of food is certainly significant," said Gagner. "And, we just believe that the Denver community is so supportive and so gracious that they will step forward this year and support the Denver Rescue Mission."

Right now, the NBA has cancelled all games through November. As labor talks continue to stall, more games will likely be cancelled by the league. There is also a movement to decertify the players' union. If that happens, some experts say the whole season may be lost.

"There's certainly a lot of part-time people that were probably counting on those paychecks to get them through Christmas," said Feinstein. "They're going to have a very difficult Christmas now with no basketball."

At this time, a spokesperson with the Denver Nuggets said no one with the organization would comment.

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