For 1 Night, Just Say NO!

by TSM

Happy Monday sports fans.

I know it won’t happen, but really it should; NHL fans across North America should boycott the first NHL game in their home market for the first game. Simply don’t go. Show the league and the players that you are pissed. Show them that the you care.

Resist the urge to go back and spend your hard earned money for 1 night only. Leave NHL arenas dark, for just one game. Watch on TV, listen on the radio, follow on Twitter. Just don’t go. For one game.

If you are too weak to resist the urge, eat before the game, wear your old jersey, bring your own snacks, don’t spend any money at the arena.

Seriously, we, the fans will get abused every time by the leagues and the players. We have only one vote, and that’s with our feet. Let them know we are pissed.

One night only, just say no, don’t go.

TSM

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Alex
Alex
January 7, 2013 1:55 pm

I say stay away the rest of the 13-13 season.

Torontosportsmedia
Torontosportsmedia
January 7, 2013 1:59 pm
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Great if that happens, but it’s not realistic. 1 night is doable.

Alex
Alex
January 7, 2013 2:33 pm

Thats what i am doing. Everyone has to make their own decisions. If i had, for example, season tix in winnipeg, id prob grin and bear it.

mike in boston
mike in boston
January 7, 2013 2:35 pm

contact a rich hockey fan — Ballsilie? — and ask him to offer to buy people’s tickets. It’s too much to ask ordinary people to simply eat the cost of their tickets.

Other than that, it’s a great idea. It will be interesting to see what kind of token gesture the owners throw the fans.

Itchy Butt
Itchy Butt
January 7, 2013 3:40 pm

Sorry but you hockey pucks are all full of crap. You’ll be glued to the set to watch your beloved Leafs at the drop of a hat. And if someone offered you tickets you’d lick their rump.

Mullah_Kintyre
Mullah_Kintyre
January 7, 2013 4:57 pm

Sorry, but I don’t understand why any reasonably intelligent person, media or fan, would waste any time or energy seriously discussing the completely inane concept of any type of “fan protest”. If you really feel somehow mentally injured by an NHL lockout, get a life. Then try to understand that you look ridiculous, because your actions deliver the opposite message from what you think. All you’re doing is telling the NHL how much you like the NHL and hate being without it. I liked the way this Puck Daddy blog from four months ago described his feelings on the subject:

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/hockey-fans-nothing-prevent-lockout-160419258–nhl.html

Quote:
… the issue all of these movements and videos and public protests have — on top of treating our right to NHL hockey like it’s inalienable — is they belie their own threat of action by showing how desperately fans care…

Don’t be ridiculous…

You’re crackheads threatening to quit crack unless the price of crack comes down.

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
January 8, 2013 10:53 am

Lets face it, even 1 night isn’t going to happen:
http://www.ctvmedia.ca/tsn/releases/release.asp?id=15999&yyyy=2013

cam
cam
January 8, 2013 12:07 pm

This article from the Post archives seems to suggest that the connection between Canadians and the NHL is much less than conventional wisdom from the experts would have us believe.

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/11/19/nhl-is-just-too-expensive-for-many-canadians-to-watch-poll/

If it is the case, then this latest fight over what may be perceived as an exercise in greed could further alienate those who already believe the game is priced beyond their means. The collateral damage would be to ongoing merchandizing revenues and the loss of the casual fan to other pursuits. The loss of these two sources of income is the real threat to the business. The hard core fan will return but lose the other two and it shrinks.

The point in time protest of not attending the first game back, or, as I have seen from others, not showing up until the second period allows the fans to vent their displeasure but has little overall impact to the business. However, in reading the fan reactions from the States, it seems like the league may be facing the same situation that the Jays did here after the last labour disruption. Irrelevance from a large sector of the fan base deciding their entertainment dollars are better spent in other pursuits.

The hard core fan will watch because they love the game and will not deny themselves that “pleasure” nor should they. Neither should they be ridiculed because they do. Where they decide to watch these games will be interesting. Some have suggested supporting those venues like the sports bars which have been hurt during the lock out. Given the perception of the costs involved for the in-game experience this may be a very real outcome.

Gord Martineau made a comment last night after the sports segment which roughly stated was “who cares the Leafs will be back on the ice in a few weeks and will stink, it’s an annual occurrence.” Is it possible that long suffering Leaf fans have found out they don’t miss the substandard product? If this is the sentiment here imagine what it will be like in a US market when their team doesn’t make the playoffs.

As for me, it will be no issue avoiding the games. I became a very casual fan after the last lockout. Now the only interest is the impact on the NHL as a business not the on ice product. If I had a seat on the Board of Governers I would agitate for three changes the day the deal is signed:
1. Fire Bettman to signal a change in approach to Fans and Players;
2. Replace Jacobs as the Chairman of the Board with a moderate;
3. Go from the current 8 to a majority of board votes for the commissioner to act.

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