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Residents down and dogged by failed Super Bowl bid

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Gordon Cocke, owner of The Pub downtown, and his employees will miss out on Super Bowl money. Gordon Cocke, owner of The Pub downtown, and his employees will miss out on Super Bowl money.
Cab drivers downtown will also not make the big tips they made during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. Cab drivers downtown will also not make the big tips they made during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Missing out on Super Bowl LII is a big loss for the city of Indianapolis.

The big game is so much more than football - it's worth hundreds of millions of dollars. There is also a legacy that can last years after the game is over.

Fans waited on word on the bid from Atlanta at The Pub on Georgia Street Tuesday afternoon, knowing there was a lot riding on it.

"Without a doubt," said The Pub's owner, Gordon Cocke.

The reaction when Indy was voted out was consistent among fans hoping the city would get to host a second Super Bowl.

"That's disappointing. We were looking forward to it," said city worker Dana Harris.

Cocke wanted an instant replay of the 2012 Super Bowl that pumped over $300 million into the economy.

"Fans were ecstatic, they loved Indianapolis. They had all the bars, the restaurants downtown where a lot of cities don't. I think it's a disappointment for the city," he said.

Indy's replay just slid away.

"Just all the excitement and all the stuff it brought to the city, all of this," Harris said, rubbing her fingers together in the symbol for money.

A cab driver from Nigeria says he'll also miss out on the extra income.

"We make money that time," he said of Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. "During that time, we make money. Good for us. Opportunity."

Waitress Carly is losing extra tips.

"Maybe next time," she said.

The news even dogged the city's canines.

"Should Indianapolis get the Super Bowl?" a man asked his service dog downtown.

The dog, "Zoe," barked a reply.

"She must be disappointed then," the man said.

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