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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:31 AM
I think you are probably right but I am holding out hope
Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:48 AM
Seriously, the fans will return. The hockey fan is one of the most loyal fans out there. I am a hockey fan, but I am speaking with my wallet. I have typically spent around $1500 a year on NHL tickets, merchandise, NHL center ice package, transportation, food, and so on. Now, I am not going to attend a NHL hockey game for the next 2-3 years. I will watch and support the Wings on TV. I will attend bars and restaurants around the area and spend my money there to support the community. I will not spend a dime on NHL merchandise or tickets though.
What can the NHL do for the fans? Make Gamecenter Live for free for next season. Have NHL clubs drop ticket prices by 20% across the board. Those would be signs that the NHL cares about the fanbase.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:12 AM
I'd be happy with free Center Ice, but I won't be holding my breath.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:20 AM
Free Center Ice
Contract a few teams from the league
Force goalies to play standup goaltending
Get rid of ads on the boards (yeah right)
Remove the instigator rule
Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:32 AM
I know it won't happen but free CI is what it would take to retain my full engagement. I'll watch Dats highlights on YouTube, and I will still come here because it's just habit when I'm online. But other than that it isn't happening for me. I'll spend that money to watch the Tigers this year.
I was so upset when we lost the season last time, but now I'm just bitter.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:40 AM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:18 PM
I just saw a video on TSN that involved 4 reporters talking about the fans and what the league should do. One of the reporters asked why fans would be willing to not attend games and say it was a "self imposed punishment". As if watching the NHL on TV was more of a punishment than going to the games. I disagree. To not watch the games at all would be a punishment. To make a conscious choice to not attend the games is going to be slightly painful, but not as painful as it was to see Fehr and Bettman whine, *****, and pontificate for the media. I will remember that exchange for a long time to come. Which is why I won't be watching the Wings live for a couple years.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:36 PM
there are several things the league and players could do
-lower ticket prices by at least 20%
-lower merchandise prices 30%
-lower concessions prices 50%
-open up practices to the public for free with free autograph sessions after practice
-free center ice and gamecenter live packages
-game worn jersey and stick giveaways after every home game
-every player takes a 10% paycut and gives the money to charities, etc
Edited by chances14, 08 January 2013 - 12:37 PM.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:42 PM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:45 PM
Lower the ticket prices, like was promised after the last lockout and never happened.
I'm already bitter and can just attend Tigers games for a heck of a lot less money anyways.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:53 PM
Money on the board: $40
Thanks for a great season, guys. You exceeded expectations and have given us something to look forward to as the long summer approaches.
And next year we get to start in October, like hockey is SUPPOSED to.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:19 PM
No way in hell they give us free center ice, although it had better be half price for a shortened season. Either way i will pay for it because i'm a hardcore fan and it's the only way i get to see all the Wings games.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:23 PM
All I have to say about Holland and our off-season:
Holland is a damn good GM. period.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:35 PM
I'm about "this" close myself to canceling my Center Ice for the season. Even if I don't, I'm going to be watching far less NHL hockey than I have in the last couple of decades & the only live games I'll consider is when the Wings make the SC Finals in June....hopefully. I want to be there to see if I can boo Bettman the loudest.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:36 PM
They have a product, we want it, and we have collectively paid millions for it in the past. We'll inevitably do the same in the future. They are the ones jockeying for position in the driver's seat to use us to their advantage. Trust me, they don't feel like they owe us anything.
Formerly known as The Nephilim.
Babs sure hurries himself into the presser, sits down, and f*cks up a bottle of water like no one in the room has had any for days.
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