Thread: GDT: Lockout Thread II
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11-16-2012, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Tikkanen View Post
Both sides have killed off the casual fan, hockey will be a die hard fan only sport for the next few years. Attendance down, TV ratings down, merchandise sales down-nice job guys. The fans need to pull back their season ticket money, amazing to me that people still have money invested in these teams the way they've acted to the fans.
This is so very true. Both sides have frankly since the last lockout treated the fans like garbage and this whole situation is no different. You have teams selling icing a competitive team by signing players to huge contracts and then jacking up ticket prices on the fans. Players complain on social media (cough Dan Ellis, cough) about losing money (despite average salaries increasing dramatically) while the common fan struggles to pay the increasing ticket prices.

At this point, there's a part of me that hopes the league dies a slow death over the course of whatever CBA is put in place. Niether side seems at all interested in what would help actually help the league and just wants to "win" in the eyes of both parties which is not the way you conduct a negotiation. Whatever outcome happens seems more and more like it'll simply be a band-aid on a gunshot wound and the only true fix is to burn it all down and start from scratch.

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