NHL Lockout: Why the Diehard Fans Have Begun to Turn Their Backs on the Game

December 3rd, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
As the NHL and NHLPA prepare for a players-and-owners-only meeting tomorrow (via John Shannon of Sportsnet.ca), many die-hard hockey fans have already begun to turn their backs on the game that they love.

The NHL has built the blueprint on how to frustrate its fans to the point where they just give up on the league altogether.

Unlike the last lockout, there is absolutely no reason for this labor dispute to still be far from finalized at the start of December. Both sides don't have to make any major concessions to reach a new agreement and save the lockout, and that's why fans are livid right now.

It's important to understand that hockey fans are among the most loyal of any sport, which was evident after the 2004-05 lockout when many people were not hesitant to forgive the owners and players for the lost season.

The fans understood that the last lockout needed to happen because the large-market, high-spending teams were ruining the league by increasing the average player salary by handing out huge contracts, which made it incredibly difficult for small-market, low-budget teams to compete on and off the ice.

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