Re: Owners/Players ENTITLED By We The Fans
posted at 9/17/2012 8:03 AM EDT
In response to SoxFanInIL's comment:
Ill never understand why so many fans overestimate their significance.
The owners dont care about the fans. The players dont care about the fans. Both know whenever this is over, whether its tomorrow or 2015, the vast majority of the fans will come back, guaranteed. The tiny fraction of those fans who hold their breath and don't will not be missed by anyone.
Get over yourselves.
How do you mean "overestimate". Most everyone agree's with your assesmsnt that owners and players don't give a hoot. And virtually everyone agree's the "vast majority" will come back.
The reality though Sox, is that the vast majority isn't enough. Both sides expect to grow the game. They're not only arguing about what they get...they're arguing about what they figure to get, and it's all based on "everybody" coming back and then some.
If every die hard hockey fan that thinks this horsesh*t shouldn't happen about every 6 years on average, showed just one ounce of discipline....this stuff would stop.
A 5% decline in revenues would drive both sides absolutely crazy. They'd both be kicking themselves for allowing this to happen. But....both sides think we're too stupid. They're banking on that.
About a third of the NHL's current revenue, is money that wasn't there 7 years ago. It's new(less increases of course). Not coming from the folks like us who are hockey fanatics, but more the fair weather, pop culture types. That's very shaky revenue, cuz it comes from very shaky sources.
This idea that the fans can't do anything, or over believe in their significance, is merely attitude. Either you believe the world spins along, and we're just passengers, or you believe that big things can happen when a few people commit to something, and follow through. There's ample historical proof to show option #1 is defeatist, and # 2 is enlightenment.
Hockey fans are not going to boycott the game. That's impractical. We can though, easily cut back our spending a bit, and that will make a huge difference.
Personally, I love NHL hockey, but I'm sick of supporting the business. Not gonna renew my centre ice package. Usually buy a t-shirt, hat..a few souvenirs, but I can resist that temptation this year too. Usually go to around 4 games a year, buy lots of watered down beer, and overpriced junk food. Probably will cut one game off the schedule this year(or whenever we get back to business), and I'll make sure I've had lots to eat before game time, and I'll have a couple beers before the game, and a couple after from a nearby vendor. Pretty small stuff, but for this fan, that's about a 60% decline, with very little inconvenience. Most fans can easily do 10%, and if this were to happen, coupled with the pink hat decline, the NHL business would be rocked to the core.
It's not difficult, it's not impractical, and it's not exagerating our significance.