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Feeling The Pain Of A Lockout

Tuesday was supposed to be the opening night for the NBA but the season is still on ice. At the Fleet Center, home of the legendary Boston Celtics, the backboards look abandoned and the bleechers are empty, CBS News Correspondent Anthony Mason reports.

And if you're looking for the famed Boston Celtics parquet playing floor you won't find it unless you look under the stands. What's it doing there? Just gathering dust.

Instead of hosting a basketball game, the Fleet Center will be dark on opening night.

Fleet Center owner Richard Kreswick says his arena will lose eight games this month alone. "It's costing us over a million dollars a night and we are in serious jeopardy for the first time ever of losing money."

A total of 194 games have already been cancelled so consider the astronomical cost to multi-million dollar stars like the New Jersey Nets' Jayson Williams, who can lift weights, but can't pick up his pay check.

"This snowballs. Everybody's just worrying about the players and the owners. This thing hurts a lot of people," says Williams.

It hurts people like James Scott Dunn, who as a part-time security guard at Dallas' Shuttered Reunion Arena makes $30 a game. "It makes a big difference in a lot of people's families compared to the millions they're making," says Dunn.

At the Fleet Center, it hurts the organist who can't make music or money. And it hurts people like John Buckley, who as part of the Bull Gang, is responsible for laying the basketball floor over the hockey ice. With no NBA games there is no changeover from hockey to basketball so it means they're not getting paid either.

Across the street from the Fleet Center at the Four Sports Bar, manager Peter Colton is feeling the pain of the lockout because when there are no games it means people don't show up in his part of town.

How did he feel when he heard about the lockout? "Oh, I was sick. I was really sick," says Colton.

And there seems to be nothing anyone can do about it, says Richard Kreswick. "That's the most difficult part. There's nothing we can do about it. There's nothing a fan can do about it. You sit back and you wait."

That's all anyone can do. Wait and hope the parquet won't be gathering dust much longer.

Reported By CBS News Correspondent Anthony Mason

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