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11-24-2004, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Thunderstruck
Perhaps you should let BRG give you the red pill so you'll be able to fully understand how pretty damn stupid the public is, on a whole.

The average fan, Canadian or American, has great difficulty discerning the difference in quality as long as the game has speed and is competitive. Don't believe me, just listen to any post-game call in show and count the number of worthwhile callers.

You are underestimating the degree of support for the owners and desire to teach the union a lesson. Fans are very tribal and trained to defend their team against all competion. In this case, the players are seen as attacking the team the fans love, so the majority of fans will support the owners by buying tickets, especially if it becomes affordable to bring your family to the game again.

You are also comparing apples and oranges. There is no established brand loyalty with the other hockey teams for NHL fans, no NHL venues, no television broadcasts and not nearly the same marketing machine. The level of play would undoubtably be higher than the AHL and would rise as more and more NHLPA members returned.
So your entire argument is based on how stupid the general public is?

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