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11-04-2012, 07:49 AM
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I'll continue to watch on TV and follow the team, but there's no way I'm going to the games. Screw you, NHL.

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11-04-2012, 08:12 AM
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What team saw a decrease in ticket prices? Don't include Phoenix...they are no longer going to be in the NHL as per the NHLPA.
Avalanche ticket prices went up after the previous lockout... just like every other year. They keep going up, and attendance keeps going down. I don't think they understand there's a relationship going on between those two things yet.

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11-04-2012, 09:52 AM
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I'll keep watching it on TV like usual. Habs tickets are hard to come by and cost 4 times their face value from scalpers who piss me off more than Bettman and Fehr combined.

Nor do I buy merchandise every year haha.

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11-04-2012, 09:58 AM
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I'll keep watching it on TV like usual. Habs tickets are hard to come by and cost 4 times their face value from scalpers who piss me off more than Bettman and Fehr combined.

Nor do I buy merchandise every year haha.
I hear ya man, thankfully I'm too old to be wearing some kids hockey jersey. Would be nice to go to a game without having to plan it weeks in advance.

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11-04-2012, 11:03 AM
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Fans are much angrier/apathetic this time around. Last time we were all upset and welcomed the league back with open arms, this time, not so much.

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11-04-2012, 12:03 PM
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Fans are much angrier/apathetic this time around. Last time we were all upset and welcomed the league back with open arms, this time, not so much.
Exactly, but if they can save a season, the hurt wont be felt too badly, if they lose another entire season, they are asking for some serious trouble...

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11-04-2012, 01:32 PM
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Yeah, I can't see attendance being a problem here in Canada or in the bigger hockey cities in the U.S. (Boston, Rangers, Minnesota, Philly, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and possibly Los Angeles. It's the other U.S. cities that may not have their fans come back in droves when this lockout ends.
From everything I've seen/read/heard it's the exact opposite.

The southern teams should be fine, as they have mostly hardcore fanbases. Small, but hardcore, as you have to be hardcore to be a hockey fan in the south.

It's the northern teams that have bigger casual fanbases, who are much less likely to return. Which might be a good thing for the hardcore fans. Maybe ticket prices will go down to a reasonable level.

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11-04-2012, 06:16 PM
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sure in Canada(minus Ottawa) and NY,CHI,BOS, Philly, Pits & Minny they will be back however lets see how

COLUMBUS, DALLAS, TAMPA, FLORIDA and these kind of teams do
Well, they will just drop ticket prices on Stub Hub, or whomever else the individual clubs are working with to get fannies into the seats. They then report larger attendances, sell parking and food/drinks, and then hope for the playoffs. if they make it, they gouge everyone for the tickets and increase their season ticket base. In a couple years, they are whole again. Both Southern California teams did this. I actually purchased tickets from their ticket exchanges for $8.00. I paid $30 for 2 seats in a luxury box in the Staples Center.

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11-04-2012, 06:27 PM
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Well, they will just drop ticket prices on Stub Hub, or whomever else the individual clubs are working with to get fannies into the seats. They then report larger attendances, sell parking and food/drinks, and then hope for the playoffs. if they make it, they gouge everyone for the tickets and increase their season ticket base. In a couple years, they are whole again. Both Southern California teams did this. I actually purchased tickets from their ticket exchanges for $8.00. I paid $30 for 2 seats in a luxury box in the Staples Center.
The cheapest ticket at the Bell Centre is like 60 bucks right below the ceiling...

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I'm pretty mad. I was really busy with school last year and missed out on more hockey than I would have liked. This year I am working, and I was planning to see more games live/watch more (close to all) of my team's games, buy merch, ect. If they come back, I'll be back. Eventually. But I plan to greatly scale back my plans for active ($$$) fan participation.

Granted a total boycott is beyond most of us, but we can give them less. See less games, buy less merch.. I already cannot fathom what the owners (for their part) expect to get out of a new agreement that will make all this worth while. Ditto for the players, depending on how long it goes.

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