During the stagehand strike that shut down Broadway for 19 days in November, many New York businesses faced a sharp downturn in sales. Beyond the obvious harm to theater operators themselves, other types of local businesses were severely affected. In such situations, the most immediate fallout from lost crowds is the shortfall of direct customer revenue. To be sure, it is not possible for businesses to insure for a strike that is imminent. It is also not possible to insure for loss caused by a strike that is within a company's or an individual's personal control.