Discussion in 'Ottawa Senators' started by Sens Mile, Dec 11, 2012.
Have fun watching the games at 4 am.
I can't take it much longer.. I need my NHL hockey fix now!
This is completely backwards. The past couple weeks have been the only part of the entire thing that has been of any interest.
Seems to me that it would send a much bigger message to not pay to attend the game, and have it played in front of a completely empty arena. Not realistically ever going to happen of course, but could you imagine the statement it would make if these players played in front of no one at all?
You will never get that to happen because other people will show up anyways. I have a feeling they will be giving out a lot of free tickets to ensure sell outs in the first week or so. But if everyone walks out then they will have no choice but to deal with the statement.
Same lockout, obviously differing perspectives.
IMO Canadian teams will see the fans flock back in fairly short order.
For those teams in less conventional hockey markets, the lockout may prove to be disastrous.
A boycott only works if the fans in all 30 cities locked out the NH. Not just for one game but for a minimum or 20 - 30 games, possibly even for the whole shortened season (assuming one).
This is a message NHL sponsors would pay heed to, forcing the NHL owners to recognize the ongoing labour strife between the sides must cease and desist.
IMO such an action will never happen, and Bettman's lockout strategy is predicated on this fact. Bettman has already said the league has the greatest fans in pro sport, translated, doesn't matter what the league does, the fans will be back.
Not necessarily..this lock out has a more powerful social media following than the last one which was virtually non-existent..
The only significant fan backlash in terms of massive attendance drops after a work stoppage has happened in a single sports league, the MLB.
Guess what, THERE HASN'T BEEN A WORK STOPPAGE SINCE. The MLB and it's PA are terrified of fan backlash if they stop playing for another season, since it took years (and a power surge due to PED use) for the league to recover.
The NHL, unfortunately, isn't afraid of this happening, and thus the lockouts will continue.
This tournament is going to be awesome, I can't wait to watch it.
Even if the season were to be saved as soon as possible, I would be surprised if there isn't at least a slight drop in attendance for the rest of the season, if there is a season at all. There is a huge "casual" fan category out there that doesn't really pay attention to the nhl unless they are reminded that it exists, and this much time lost to lockouts in less than a decade makes the league look amateur. The NHL isn't really a top sports league in North America anymore, and a lot of people would rather pay most of their attention to something else.
I would be surprised if this happened in Canada where fans are less concerned with how they are treated. Im pretty confident Gary could come out and say he dislikes Canada and that he hopes nobody from Canada ever watches a hockey game again and people would come back in droves. Sad because like many have said the only way this stops is if fans show their displeasure but similar to the owners some fans cannot help themselves!
I'm not losing any interest and if the NHL takes 3 years to work out a deal I'll still be awaiting the puck drop. In the meantime I'm fine following Bingo.
Nah, i definitely blame this on fehr/players. I've noticed it's mostly(i said mostly so don't get mad at me) uneducated/fair weather fans that are siding against the NHL and blindly say "**** bettman" for no reason.
WHAT!? then you blame fehr?
Nah, i'm pretty sure you've been watching a different lockout.
-The NHL tried to reach the NHLPA 4 times. Count em, 4 times!!!! last year. The NHLPA kept saying no. POINT IN FAVOUR OF NHL.
-Bettman has been proffesional about this while fehr has been withholding information to the players. The players have been more unproffesional then i could imagine. 2 POINT IN FAVOUR OF NHL. in fact, looking at how immature the players have been in the media, 3 points in favour of nhl. The players have been disgraceful.
-The NHL's offers kept getting closer and closer to the middle, while the NHLPAs first 4 offers were basically the same recycled trash. POINT IN FAVOUR OF NHL.
-The nhl is fighting to keep the league viable. The long term health of the league is their main priority. The NHLPA is fighting to keep average salaries at 2.6 million instead of 2.2 million. The money the players make is their main priority. 1 POINT IN FAVOUR OF THE NHL.
-the NHL has all the leverage...they're only losing about 50-100 million in profit. The NHLPA is losing 1.8 billion in profit. 1 POINT IN FAVOUR OF NHL.
How can you know all the above(assuming your staying knowledgable through the whole process) then go on siding with the players and fehr? Doesn't make any sense.
You would just be hurting melnyk. Bad idea. Actually, terrible idea.
The players get paid everything.
Melnyk gets stuck paying the players without getting revenue...lockout time again.
Seriously though, think about it. Melnyk would be the only one hurting from that scenario. The only one. If you blame melnyk for this lockout, then go ahead...but i don't blame melnyk, therefore won't hurt melnyk. He's saved our team. I'd rather the players on the team( who will be out the door in the ever changing rotation of players) suffer then melnyk who's priority is not losing money while offering the fine people of ottawa hockey to watch.
I'd much rather boo the players then hurt melnyk financially after all hes done for the city. but hey, that's just me.
I just broke up with my girlfriend who hates hockey - I think I'm going to start caring about the lockout again soon
We all know we will happily jump back on the band wagon as soon as it starts up again, anybody who say's differently is fooling themselves!
And yes, thank god for the WJC's!!!!! Look forward to that one evey year, lockout or no lockout!
im regainning the love for the sport that my ancestors played
soccer has fulfilled my desire to follow and enjoy a sport :')
It was for the best.
I won't lie and say that when the NHL resumes I won't be glued to the TV to watch the Sens but I can say: 1) I will not spend a penny for tickets or in instances where I receive free tickets for any merchandise, food, drink from ScotiaBank place. 2) I have not missed the game - there's plenty of hockey to be watched and enjoyed elsewhere.
Yeah, should've been my first clue it wouldn't work out
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