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Fans In Carolina Faced With Ticket Decisions

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

For hockey fans truly unhappy about the lockout, there’s only one real way to hit both sides where it hurts: Demand their money back.

A few Carolina Hurricanes season-ticket holders have done just that, pulling their money from the team, including some of the oldest and most loyal....

Josh Hauser just wanted to go back to his 12-game plan in the upper deck from the full season tickets he bought in the lower bowl over the summer, a difference of about $2,400.

When the team told him it wouldn’t pay interest on his money if he reduced his commitment, he took all of it back.

“A horrifying experience,” Hauser called it.

“We travel a lot and my wife is in grad school,” he said. “We planned to sell a lot of the tickets. At no time did we ever imagine them holding onto thousands of our dollars indefinitely. They were very defiant, very insistent that we can’t touch any of that money or we’d lose our seniority and benefits. We had no choice.”

Even those who are keeping their money with the team are making decisions about how they support it in the future.

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Thag's avatar

In a perfect world, EVERYONE would boycott next season.  Empty arenas everywhere…

Posted by Thag from DC on 11/01/12 at 05:23 AM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

Wait, if I demand my money back, the Red Wings will give it to me without waiting 8 months?

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 11/01/12 at 08:28 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Columbus is still calling my house trying to sell ticket packages. Really. I refuse to act like a junkie who hates his heroin. I’m cutting the NHL off, cold turkey. I’ll watch the games online for free, but they won’t see a dime from me for at least the rest of the season. I might have to go one day at a time and drop the league all together eventually, barring some REAL changes.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/01/12 at 09:35 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

RXB I hear you.  Yesterday was the first day I thought about the Red Wings and thought, I don’t really give a shit at this point.  I think I was an addict before and the League is forcing me to detox.  I’ve been really getting into football again and trying to follow overseas games.  It doesn’t hurt that Jimmy D was so vocal about how easy it is to cancel the season on fans in spite of players.. Jimmy D.. my homeboy who brought us our first cup in 40.  Talk about salt in a wound.  Slowly but surely, I’m getting there until eventually I really wont give a shit about NHL hockey.  Definitely not giving them a dime of my money.  I’m thinking about buying a CSKA Datsyuk Jersey or an SVE Zetterberg Jersey.  Do one better than cut off funds to the NHL, I’ll support their competition.

A Flip Jokerit jersey would be pretty cool.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 11/01/12 at 12:59 PM ET

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