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Dodgers Clinch Division Crown

The Dodgers second consecutive division title has local businesses cheering too.

The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the NL West Wednesday night behind the arm of likely Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. Star Yasiel Puig added his third home run in nine games to the team's 9-1 victory over the rival San Francisco Giants. 

While fans of the team celerate the club's second consecutive division title, local businesses are also feeling the excitement. 

In 2009 when the Philadelphia Phillies reached the World Series, that series alone brought some $25 million into the city according to the local ABC station. Given the Dodgers rising popularity, the city and local business' can expect to reap a similar windfall this postseason. 

With the highest average attendance in Major League Baseball, the Dodgers regularly draw fans to the surrounding area. But the golden goose of playoff baseball doesnt only land near the ballpark. That same ABC report found local sports bars saw business increase by up to six times their usual revenue. 

Fans and local business owners alike will be cheering the team to its first World Series title since 1988. However, while fans are hoping for a quick run to the championship, local businesses will gladly take the stress of multiple do-or-die game seven's for the extra revenue they undoubtedly bring. 

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