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Free* 10-02-2012 05:22 PM

NHL Fan Boycott
 
Both sides of the NHL lockout are squabbling over money that that they see is owed to them. We're on the brink of losing an NHL season - AGAIN - because both sides are guilty of greed.

Let us not forget whose money they are fighting over. Our money. It's not even theirs that they are fighting over, they're fighting over the "theoretical dollars" that they project for us to spend on their game, their merch, and their brand.

How about this: We launch an NHL Fan Boycott petititon whereby we, the fans, vow to not spend a penny, or watch a single game, of the NHL for every game that is locked out. That means if it takes 50 games to figure out that we might just stop giving them our money, we boycott an additional 50 games. If they lose the season, we refuse to watch or spend money on the next season. Then they can start *****ing about a significantly smaller sum of money.

With the internet, and places like HF, it would be relatively easy to do, and maybe - just maybe - the owners and players would start to realize that if they keep treating their fans and their money as a given, they won't have any of either.

Ideally, we and the power of the internet, can end this ******** lockout before it even starts.

Thoughts?

Crows* 10-02-2012 05:25 PM

I think it's a terrific idea and could theoretically work.

Unfortunately when hockey does come back, we will all come crawling back foaming at the mouth

Free* 10-02-2012 05:29 PM

Be that as it may, if we got 50,000 fans on board to sign the petition - or maybe even many times that - the NHL might realize that its fans aren't going to just take such abuse.

Gotta Catch Em Staal 10-02-2012 05:30 PM

I have been considering something like this myself in order to try and feel a little less helpless. So far I'm not sure if I'm willing to do anything unless the season is completely canceled. I haven't decided if I want to take it beyond that, but currently my thinking is that I if the season is canceled I vow not to spend a single penny on any purchase that is NHL-related for a full season.

Crows* 10-02-2012 05:31 PM

Personally, I hope the NHL loses a lot of fans and attendance is bad when they do come back. Because as long as we keep coming back, especially in record numbers like after the last lockout, this will keep happening.

Free* 10-02-2012 05:32 PM

That's good enough. If I made the petition, would you e-sign it?

AdmiralsFan24 10-02-2012 05:43 PM

I would sign it but once you get a certain number of signatures you would have to send it to the NHL along with we got this many signatures in this many days. I'd go for at least 250,000 and hopefully more.

berklon 10-02-2012 05:44 PM

Petitions rarely work.

They're just going to assume you're bluffing and will come back regardless. To them it's an idle threat. After all, you came back after the last lockout killed a whole season.

Sit tight and if the season is shortened (almost guaranteed now I think) or scrapped - then vote with your wallet and boycott them - for real. Let them suffer and crawl on their hands and knees to get your business back (lower prices, etc).

In my opinion, there's really nothing you can do at this point.

wKetch22 10-02-2012 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by HaroldVonKimblestein (Post 54725511)
I have been considering something like this myself in order to try and feel a little less helpless. So far I'm not sure if I'm willing to do anything unless the season is completely canceled. I haven't decided if I want to take it beyond that, but currently my thinking is that I if the season is canceled I vow not to spend a single penny on any purchase that is NHL-related for a full season.

agreed

my mom was going to bring me to the NHL store when she visited me this weekend and i told her i didnt want to buy anything until the lockout is over

Chalupa Batman 10-02-2012 05:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Free (Post 54725297)
Ideally, we and the power of the internet, can end this ******** lockout before it even starts.

First, it won't work - people will still spend their money. And even if people stop temporarily, it's one of those "Let's not buy gas on Thursday!" things that doesn't work for obvious reasons.

Second, the lockout has already started.

Jasper 10-02-2012 05:52 PM

I'd be on board aside from the watching on tv part. Seriously, anyone who's a fan enough to be on these boards isn't going to be able to ignore the games on tv. I can see a petition to not spend a cent on anything..tickets, concessions, jerseys, whatever, including whatever products are advertised during the commercials to the best of our conscious abilities. That would be more realistic.

patnyrnyg 10-02-2012 05:53 PM

Pay me scalper rates for my Rangers home opener tickets and I won't go to the game. You can burn the tickets for all I care.

amit916 10-02-2012 05:57 PM

Vote with your wallet... that's really the only way to grab attention....

Unfortunately, one person won't grab it, but if enough do it, you can create a sizeable dent in their revenues.

Kloparren 10-02-2012 06:00 PM

People don't have enough restraint for this.

There are middle class families spending thousands on the NHL per year, getting new jerseys and lots of tickets + merch every yr sadly.

I agree something needs to be done and I'm sure that the revenues will not be as high immediately at least but a large boycutt won't occur just because of the lack of restraint.

patnyrnyg 10-02-2012 06:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by QuietCompany (Post 54726179)
People don't have enough restraint for this.

There are middle class families spending thousands on the NHL per year, getting new jerseys and lots of tickets + merch every yr sadly.

I agree something needs to be done and I'm sure that the revenues will not be as high immediately at least but a large boycutt won't occur just because of the lack of restraint.

Not a lack of restraint. I would do it for a game. However, I am not eating the money. If someone wants to pay for my tickets and stay home, then no problem.

PanthersHockey1 10-02-2012 06:16 PM

What I think would be really cool is a one game boycott opening night whenever it is to see 30 nhl arenas empty would be amazing.

danaluvsthekings 10-02-2012 06:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PanthersHockey1 (Post 54726535)
What I think would be really cool is a one game boycott opening night whenever it is to see 30 nhl arenas empty would be amazing.

29.

You're not going to get any Kings fan to stay away from opening night whenever it may be. They're going to be there to see the banner raised for the first time in franchise history and they're going to be there wearing all of the jerseys and Stanley Cup Champions merchandise they bought this summer.

Wolf357 10-02-2012 06:23 PM

I do think this could work if it gets wheels...
However you guys in NY, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, L.A, Philly, Really have to be in on this.
The NHL wouldnt care if the small market teams boycotted so much... But if this could catch on with Facebook, Twitter...then maybe at least the NHL wont bend the fans over next time there is a contract renewal.
After the '94 workstoppage MLB had a huge drop in attandance and only reganed after the Homrun derby between Mcguire/Sossa. There hasnt been a work stoppage since.
We the fans came back in droves after the last workstopage, They NHL/PA takes us for granted..guaranteed.
I am all for this...but this has to be a Big Market inniciative for this to work.

MarkGio 10-02-2012 06:28 PM

As soon as I miss a hockey game, I'm cancelling my T.V provider. Beyond that, I wouldn't pay a dime extra regardless if the lock-out ends or not. What do you buy anyways?

NORiculous 10-02-2012 06:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Free (Post 54725297)
Both sides of the NHL lockout are squabbling over money that that they see is owed to them. We're on the brink of losing an NHL season - AGAIN - because both sides are guilty of greed.

Let us not forget whose money they are fighting over. Our money. It's not even theirs that they are fighting over, they're fighting over the "theoretical dollars" that they project for us to spend on their game, their merch, and their brand.

How about this: We launch an NHL Fan Boycott petititon whereby we, the fans, vow to not spend a penny, or watch a single game, of the NHL for every game that is locked out. That means if it takes 50 games to figure out that we might just stop giving them our money, we boycott an additional 50 games. If they lose the season, we refuse to watch or spend money on the next season. Then they can start *****ing about a significantly smaller sum of money.

With the internet, and places like HF, it would be relatively easy to do, and maybe - just maybe - the owners and players would start to realize that if they keep treating their fans and their money as a given, they won't have any of either.

Ideally, we and the power of the internet, can end this ******** lockout before it even starts.

Thoughts?

Nah.

But ig you told me, lets make a petition and everyone on this petition agrees to send a message EVERY DAY to all the players we can find on teitter telling them to should take the dang deal... Then I'm for it. Its very easy to do and the players would get the message fairly quickly. I bet if we do this, we can ger Hockey back in a month.


Cheers,

HockeyCrazed101 10-02-2012 06:31 PM

I'm not a boycott kind of person and realistically, I don't know how this would hold up, however, starting with a petition is probably the only way for fans to be heard by anyone involved in these negotiations. At this point, signing the petition shouldn't have the expectation that every fan will follow through, but rather 'x' amount of fans are fed up with both sides and put the threat out there. If players and owners receive something like that and still continue to posture and talk about no progress, well they can't really say much else to save themselves in a PR battle.

I think you'd have to have a petition letter that's pretty scathing and threatening to both sides. No 'Bettman I'm a lifelong hockey fan, please no lockout'. I'm talking about putting both sides on blast for being disingenuous, completely self-serving and despite the PR speak, both sides have shown absolute disregard and disrespect to their loyal fans who not only came back the last time, but put more money in their pockets than ever before and we get repaid with yet another lockout because both sides keep talking about 'fair' when fair is really about getting the better end of the deal.

How realistic would it be to get 1 million signatures? Tweet it to all of those social media loving players and agents on Twitter, to the official accounts of the NHL and NHLPA, facebook it, trend it...

KingBogo 10-02-2012 07:07 PM

It's a nice thought but would never work in some markets. In Winnipeg the MTS is full to capacity with season tickets with 8000 on a waiting list. Some people are spending more on their tickets then their mortgage. My brother-in-law pays $1600 a month on 4 prime seats. That's a lot of cash to eat.

Diatidialga 10-02-2012 07:32 PM

A better Idea would be to go to the first game of the season, and as soon as the puck drops everyone leaves and stays in the concourse, weather it be for the rest of the game or the period and then keep doing that until the NHL gets the message

Gormo 10-02-2012 07:57 PM

Its a wonderful idea.

Conducted successfully we would never have to go through another lockout in the forseeable future, which is why I wouldnt hesitate to participate.

But youd need Gandhi-like organization.

smitty10 10-02-2012 08:01 PM

I want to be on board with a boycott, but I'm addicted. It's in my blood to cheer for the Maple Leafs like it is for millions of people in Ontario. Not a chance I could actually do it.


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