Fast Paced Action is Back……

wordpresspics4     At long last, the suspense is over and we finally have a Hockey season to look forward to again. The NHL lockout had gone on for 113 days and looked like there was little hope for an agreement. National media was reporting there was basically zero progress in negotiations, with talk constantly breaking down or at a standstill. Consequently, in the process of Gary Bettman (NHL Commissioner) and Donald Fehr(NHLPA Executive Director) trading blows like claymation figures, 625 out of 1230 total NHL games were lost. This was something nobody wanted and tried to wane from on a consistent basis. To much of the degrin of Bettman, his legacy will be surmounted on the fact that he was known for work stoppages, since this was his third so far in his tenure.

During there stint of unemployment, many NHL players took their skills overseas playing in many European Leagues. This was a way to, not only keep fresh and defined, but to continue to play the sport they love, even if the league associated with them is stagnant. Some of the players that decided to stay local, in the hopes of better news, were actually buying their own ice time in many local rinks around town. Along with this space, also came with a few restrictions like not being able to don their own jerseys or being able to use their team lockers. This seems like a small price to pay in order to stay focused and alert.

I have to say that, in my opinion, the world of sports obviously is a business that I will never understand. Owners and players seem like they make a good living to play the sport they so love and cherish. Therefore, why they would collectively take the chance of losing the fan base that, to a degree pays their salary and supports them to the end, is astonishing. There were issues of max player contracts, elimination of signing bonuses, and reducing player revenue shares. All of these issues surround money, the same money, we as fans pay for tickets, parking, and merchandise.

The question amongst us all as fans is, what will are feelings towards the sport of Hockey now become? Will the average fan just walk away from the game completely? Will the extreme fan become less loyal in the way he views the sport? These are interesting questions that I would love to hear the answer to also. I, myself will probably remain the same average viewer I always have been. How about you?…………Feel free to comment below to see how each others opinion are either swayed one way or another….

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One thought on “Fast Paced Action is Back……”

  1. The 04 lockout was necessary and understandable. The game came back stronger and more exciting. As such the fans followed suit and came back just as strong. This time around was a real slap in the face to us diehards and the casual fan just the same. The owners were unable to contain themselves in handing out bad contracts to players. The owners wanted the rules to change to stop them from themselves.

    The NHLPA and most of their player reps really made my stomach turn just about every time one of them opened their mouths. The gag order really should have been on most of the players. However in the end the owners, for the most part, understand that the game is sold through the players. People buy player jerseys, purchase tickets to go see players, and pay good money for sports packages to watch those players. The only real losers in the lockout were the fans and those whose job or business is helped out by the NHL.

    I am a true die hard Flyers fan. I also follow the NHL as a whole. Its a great game with heart, passion, guts and glory. However I was ashamed of my league as they embarrassed me as a fan while taking me for granted over nonsense like HRR. I will watch my NHL on tv. I will follow my Flyers with passion and cheer my heart out for my team, from my living room! I will NOT however set foot inside the Big House in South Philly or purchase a single NHL item during the remainder of this season.

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