Yes, we get it, there's a lockout, we get it, you're not happy... But enough with all the talks of protest, symbolic messages being sent, boycotting NHL and NHLPA products, pledges to never watch the game again...
There are lockouts and strikes happening everyday, some affect less people some more, I agree with the fact that it sucks, but at the same time, NHL teams are worth on average about 282M$, and its a multi-billion dollar industry, its normal that negotiating a new CBA will take time. The collateral damage is more evident in this case because of the nature of the business but it still doesn't mean, in my opinion, that the feelings of the fans, while important to keep the NHL growing, should be a factor in the negotiations.
The way I see it, its a business negotiation, I'll just wait on the sidelines until both parties have reached an agreement that they're both happy with, and when that happens, I'll gladly go back to watching NHL games without showing anger, without complaining about the length of the lockout (or the cancelled season if that be the case), and especially without being less of a fan, just like I would for any other business that goes though a lockout or a strike.
I see threads and posts on this board everyday about people wanting to "send a message" to the NHL and to the NHLPA, do you really think they don't know that the lockout is affecting the fans of the game?? Do you really think they're doing it on purpose??
Bettman and Fehr are both very intelligent and competent in what they do, they're both great lawyers and they're both doing what they can to get the maximum out of this deal in the interest of their respective clients, can't you respect that?
No one's happy with the lockout, but we, as fans, should respect the process of negotiating a CBA even at the cost of losing a season.
Sorry for the long rant, I just needed to get this out.
I would agree with this in theory but the whole "respecting the process of negotiating a CBA" goes straight out the window when it can be seen from the outer reaches of the Milky Way that the two parties involved are not doing that.
This thread is far more useless than those discussing it (Enough already! I'm mobilizing against the mobilizers!! My voice of "shutup" is going to be heard over their voices of "we want hockey"! On a hockey board!).
Also, I'm not going to tell you what to do, but those who go running back to buy tickets and merch are helping nobody. This is not a normal business negotiation and this isn't about 'respecting the process'. Neither side is negotiating in good faith or respecting the process. "The process" itself has become a mockery of the fans and the sport.