Wonderful, just what they need validation for the lockout.
I have held true to my promise of spending no money on the NHL, lot of good it did.
I know many other people that have held true to the same promise, but there are just too many people willing to spend on it.
I too have found my interest waning sure I check scores now, and I log in to LGW, but at the start of the season I was watching every game on TV. I couldn't get enough hockey. Now the newness of it being back has warn off and I am back to feeling like the league and players don't give a crap about the fans.
While people struggle in this country to make ends meet and keep food on the table, these millionaires and billionaires play around with other's hard earned money.
Look at the lowest paid player in the NHL, and tell me that with that kind of pay the average American could not thrive. Hell, he makes $55,0000 more than the president of the US a year.
Yet these rich players and owners gave nothing back to the people who pay for them to do what they are doing.
What long term thank you did they give the fans when they came back?
The league is carrying itself like it doesn't need the fans, while fans are acting like they cannot live without the NHL.
Yet many of us have lined up expecting it to be different, that they won't Shart all over us again in 7 years.
Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results
The NHL and sports leagues in general are no better than EXXON, AT&T, HSBC or any other corporate entity that lives off of it's workers\customers and sticks it to them the first chance the execs have a chance to make more money.
Pro sports in general with all of these work stoppages and lockouts are wearing thin on me, I think the real problem is none of them expected us to throw so much money at them, and now they have no idea how to divvy it all up, who gets the bigger share.
But they are all giving us so much back, I can only imagine their PR meetings going something like this:
**Warning the following took place completely in my head, I know it seems real, but it was made up!**
"The fans, screw them.
Oh wait, I got an idea we should shoot twice as many T-shirts out to these fans that someone else paid for (because Bell Tire or Meyer's paid for the t-shirts not the Wings, or any other sport org.) and they will think we are giving them prizes.
The fans will think we love them, when really we love money generated by letting AMWAY put their logo all over the T-shirt before we have some half naked ice girl shoot it out of a cannon with a Miller Lite Sports Bra on!
We can let a farm equipment company pay us thousands of dollars a year to put a t-shirt cannon on a four-wheeler and launch them that way too.
The 40 fans out of 20,000 a night that get a T-shirt will love us, if they can put down the $8 beer and $5 hot dog to catch it!
Then when we ask them to help pay for new arenas we can say, well we gave you free stuff, why can't you help pay us back.
Sounds good right, all in favor?"
I should have bought more knock off jerseys from China, apparently the league doesn't need my money, I should use it in the manner that best suits me.
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