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The Lockout Is Over, the NHL Is Back. Do You Forgive and Forget?

By January 8, 2013

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Workers at Winnipeg Arena install the Jets' logo. January, 2013.

Now the fans are in control.

Not only did the NHL squander nearly half a season with its infuriating lockout, it also tested the patience and loyalty of its most passionate supporters.

Now league and the players need us more than ever.

Ticket sales, TV numbers, sponsorship - it's all fan-driven.

We're the ones who create the much-coveted revenue pie.

If we turn our backs on the game, that pie will shrivel to a crust.

There's been much talk of a serious public backlash against the 2012-13 NHL lockout. But is it just talk?

Recent history says we just want our hockey: after the 2004-05 labor war, grateful fans returned in greater numbers than ever before.

The league and the players are desperately hoping it happens again.

Where do you stand?

Are you ready to stand up and cheer when your team hits the ice?

Or has the NHL jerked you around for the last time?

Share Your Thoughts...

Photo: Arena workers in Winnipeg install the Jets logo as the NHL gets set to begin the season (Marianne Helm/Getty Images) .


January 13, 2013 at 9:12 am
(1) Jerome says:

I’m a hockey fan, and have been for almost fifty years.

One doesn’t – for whatever reason, suddenly decide you’re not a fan any more. Once a fan, always a fan I guess.
However, fans need to be heard. We’ve heard from the NHL and the NHLPA for several months, and I think now is the time that the people who pay the bills, should be heard from.

I don’t live anywhere near the home of an NHL team, so how my protest can have an impact on the business of hockey, is very limited.
I’ve had Centre Ice subscription for the past three years, and unless this truncated season is offered free of charge and next season is half price, I will cancel my subscription. I don’t think either will happen since my satellite provider states on their website that there will be a “reduced” rate for this season.
Living in Canada and being a fan of a non-Canadian team, I will miss many games I would like to see. I don’t believe, however, that I have a choice, if I want my lone voice to be heard.
Renewing my subscription would just send the message that “all is forgiven”.
Nothing could be further from the truth.

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