Do your part to end the NHL Lockout!
NHL Lockout: Sept. 15, 2012 to ...
Who's to blame?
Well, obviously both the owners and the NHLPA are guilty of taking the fans for granted and not working hard enough to
get a deal done before jeopardizing the season.
But fans also have to look in the mirror - in a significant way
we are to blame as well. This lockout is about money your money. The owners want more of it. The players
dont wanna take less. And both sides are willing to sacrifice games, even the season, over a few % on their share of hockey-related
revenues (HRR)- $3.3 billion. And as long as both sides perceive that they have more money to gain by wrangling than they
stand to lose by continuing the dispute, well
. theyll keep wrangling.
Heres where the fans are culpable.
Part of the reason why neither side feels they are risking much in prolonging the dispute is because they believe the current
HRR of 3.3 billion wont shrink fans will come back and spend just as much as before. After all, following the lost 04/05
season, fans came back in droves, spent more than ever, and HRR went up by almost 50% over the duration of the last CBA.
So what can we do? .... If this dispute is about money, we have to behave in a way that makes resolving the current dispute ASAP,
and avoiding such disputes in the future, the best financial choice for the NHL and NHLPA. In other words, if we make sure that
the costs of delaying in negotiations are higher than the potential gains to be made in negotiations
the pressure ramps up on both
sides to make a deal, now AND in future CBA negotiations.
How do we do this? Take the NHL Fan Lockout Pledge ...
It's like deja vu all over again. Eight short years ago we experienced NHL armageddon with the complete
cancellation of the 2004/05 season. And once again the NHL and NHLPA are in a bullheaded standoff over CBA negotiations,
which in essence have gone nowhere, leading to another lockout and another season in jeopardy.