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Fans Don’t Matter

from Stephen Brunt of Sportsnet, 

You don't matter, because they know you're not going anywhere. You don't matter, because the last time around, even after missing a full season and finding other ways to use those empty hours, you flocked back in droves.

You have no dog in this fight. There's no relationship between ticket prices and players salaries, nor has there ever been. The owners will continue to charge whatever the market will bear, and not a penny less. Some of you can afford that, some of you can't, and it has always been thus.

You'll get your hockey back soon enough, and you'll be ridiculously grateful to have it in November or December or January or whenever the puck is dropped.

That's something on which both sides quietly agree. And history suggests there's no reason to believe they're wrong.


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hockeychic's avatar

The NHL has made it clear for years now that the fans don’t matter.  This is just the latest.  If they put “Thank you fans!” on the ice again as they did last time, I will throw up.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 09/13/12 at 11:12 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I believe that this time there will be a number of fans who won’t be back to spending money on NHL products like we did before.

As the old cliche goes: “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.”

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 09/13/12 at 11:18 AM ET

Ajax19's avatar

I tend to agree that it could be different this time around.  Probably due to some combination of annoyance at this most recent labor dispute and the Wings’ lack luster off-season, my interest level is already waning.  Despite living in Detroit and being a Wings’ fan, I have still bought the Center Ice Package every year for the last 6 years.  I can’t see doing it again.

Back in 2004-2005, I saw the need for change.  I was (and remain) a fan of the salary cap.  While there need to be some tweaks to the CBA, I am just not quite seeing the need for a lockout this time around.

Posted by Ajax19 on 09/13/12 at 12:34 PM ET

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