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The NHL Lockout: My Open Whine To No One In Particular
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The NHL Lockout: My Open Whine to No One In Particular

There was a glimmer of hope when the NHLPA and the team owners came together once again to negotiate but that glimmer of hope has been squashed like a bug on the highway, thank you very much. More than twenty hours in two days time and for what? The owners have dumped the proposal that was extended to them and we are all back to square one. Hey guys, I know it really doesn't matter much to you, but there are some of us that were really hoping to see some hockey in the near future. If this goes on a whole lot longer, not only will you lose a season, you will effectively have killed off your own league. Yep, I said it. If you are not able to come to an agreement and soon, the NHL might as well fold up it's kit and kaboodle and wander off to wherever sports leagues go to die. I might add that this will not end the love of hockey the game, only the National Hockey League as it stands right now.

Once, I was just a young girl wanting to catch a glimpse of a favorite cousin on TV. That cousin had the coolest job ever, driving the Zamboni at the old Olympia Stadium during Detroit Red Wing games. This was during the years when Detroiters referred to their team with a sigh, an eye roll and a shrug. Most of the time, they were the Dead Wings among other things and being bad was their claim to fame. Still, I was hooked, completely and totally hooked.

Hockey became my sport. I would race in to watch a game at a time when only two things got me back in the house- the Monkees and hockey. I learned the ins and outs of the sport- I studied it with a zeal that would have earned me a college scholarship if I could stand up on skates or could skate or could skate and handle a stick at the same time.

I stayed loyal during the other lockout, I did. I came back when others were bitter and said they never would but this time, it just might not be that easy to woo me and the others back. What are we talking about here, after all? Which side of rich guys will get the most money at the end of the day? Hockey will always be a big thing to me, I workout in my own hockey room, after all, but I might have to watch others play the game. I might have to switch to watching college players. Heck, I might even have to learn to skate and force others to play with me. I am just not sure that I can be "your" fan anymore.


Street Talk

Kyle  

I personally am not a huge hockey fan although it feels as though I am completely surrounded by Hockey fanatics (Canucks fans). One thing that I do believe is that this is a business. When it becomes "unprofitable" for 13 of the teams in the league (40%) then something has to give...and in this cases, I do think that owners should get a larger share of the revenue (at least in the midterm). Yes, hockey does come down to marketing and comes down to fielding a good team, but 50% of the teams are going to be losing teams every year and if they can't make enough money to survive, then how are they supposed to every become profitable. And nobody wants to watch a team that consists of the bad news bears. If you are an employer and things are not working out well for you, the first step is to lay people off or lower wages/bonuses/etc (slash costs). Since the 'owners" are unable to to do this, then what are they supposed to do. Perhaps what they are doing and locking out is the only option and until something gives, there is going to be no resolve. I don't feel bad for either party, but I do lean towards favouring the owners in this situation. The real person being hurt by all of this is ultimately the fan.

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  about 9 years ago

I have to agree on the business aspect of this, but I do believe that solutions should and can be sought out during the off seasons. Messing with ones fan base when your league is already having major problems securing TV networks and sustaining what fan base you have is really suicide, I am a big hockey fan, having played and coached at the high school level, but I am slowly loosing faith this years season will happen in any way at all. Time to come up with a temporary solution and set goals to get this league's business in order during this next off season.

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  about 9 years ago

I am getting my hockey fix with the local college team- they are nearly as bad as the Blue Jackets but it is hockey. It is getting so sad that I have been known to hipcheck my poor 9 year old and then yell "head up, man!". Today I nearly put her into the butter/egg section at the grocery store. Poor thing. Between my hockey jones and the Tapout workouts everyone in my home is living in constant fear!

  
  about 9 years ago

I feel your pain! or should I say theirs? :)

  
  about 9 years ago
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