The NHL’s Popularity Can Be Saved If the Lockout Ends Before the New Year

December 17th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The NHL could get back a lot of the momentum and popularity that is being ruined by the lockout if the league and the NHLPA reach a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by the end of the year, and start the season in early January.

At this point in the lockout, a lot of fans just want their NHL action back and don't care about who is to blame for the current state of labor talks or who wins the issues currently being negotiated.

The large majority of hockey fans probably will be quick to forgive the two sides when the new agreement is reached and the league opens its doors for what could be a thrilling shortened season.

Watching AHL and NCAA games is only going to satisfy die-hard NHL fans for so long. These people need NHL games to come back soon, and that's why they will support the league regardless of how frustrated they are right now.

Any popularity or momentum lost because of the work stoppage could be won back because of the intensity and excitement that a shortened schedule can produce.

Almost anything can happen in a shortened season. The last time the NHL played with that kind of schedule, t ...

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