- December 23, 2012 - 11:40
As a retired person who’s been an NHL fan for longer than I care to remember, when the lockout was announced, I first felt disappointment, then anger (at no one in particular) and finally, apathy. I’ve been a Centre Ice subscriber for the past three years, but now I’m saving a couple of hundred dollars because of this dispute. Every cloud has a silver lining. As I’ve stated, when this dispute started, I didn’t fall into the camp of the owners or the players. That has changed. I think you hit on part of it in your column with this: “In today's new arenas, players enter and exit the rinks in their Escalades and Navigators through an underground garage.” In other words, they (the players) are so far removed from the fans they purport to be concerned about, I believe they need a wake-up call. When someone of a particular talent doesn’t feel he is getting what he deserves, then he’ll take his talent elsewhere. I say, go find that elsewhere. Players are coming back from Europe in droves recently; maybe it’s because it’s the holiday season, but I believe they have realized just how good they had it in the NHL. An average salary of 2.3 million a year and to look at the expressions of the players standing behind Donald Fehr at his press conferences, you would almost be led to believe they are one paycheque away from food stamps. I’m sure there will be NHL hockey in January, but I hope I’m wrong. The inmates can’t continue to run the asylum.
- December 23, 2012 - 10:40
so, the lock-out is hurting the economy. we already know that but all the wealthy parties involved don't seem to know that. THEY ARE ALL ID-IOTS !!!!!!
- December 22, 2012 - 10:08
I agree it's a problem that is of the League's own making. Bettman was spirited away from the NBA (oh, how they must be relieved) specifically to use his magic to the NHL a lucrative US TV contract, as he had with basketball. A contract, yes (NBC) ... lucrative, not so much. I can imagine how happy the Network is with their hockey programming right now. The CBC probably isn't much happier ... HNIC provides a significant portion of the entire network's ad revenue. You can't make the highbrow programming and kids shows if you have no money, because every one comes at a net loss revenue-wise. That leaves bums in seats paying the league's collective bills. So, let's alienate them too, especially in marginal markets. Good strategy for something our kids can wax nostalgic about; something called hockey played on something called a TV.