Re: Does Gary Bettman Take The Fans For Granted
posted at 8/28/2012 12:46 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Does Gary Bettman Take The Fans For Granted
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Does Gary Bettman Take The Fans For Granted : See, I think there are a lot of alternatives to be chosen by disgruntled fans, it just depends how disgruntled they are. The NHL is sort of a monopoly, but it isn't the only place to see good hockey. I love hockey and spend plenty of money on it, but my entertainment dollars have been split for years between college hockey and pro hockey. If the NHL cancels the season, I will spend more money seeing college hockey. I'll probably be back next year if the NHL returns, but I don't think I am in quite as helpless a situation as you describe. I already own season tickets to Denver U. hockey, so I'm not exactly desperate for the NHL to carry on as usual. I'll get by either way, and they'll lose my money. And if the players on the local team all came out and insulted the city that they represent, I suspect the fans would leave in droves. I know I would. So I agree that the NHL controls it all, and the fans are a rather powerless stakeholder, but fans do indeed have other options and instead of getting bitter about what is happening, they should exercise their free will. The Boston area is bursting at the seams with good hockey -- check out the scores of NCAA and AHL teams in the area and keep your dignity as a fan.
Posted by Fletcher1[/QUOTE]
Have to agree Fletch, there are a lot of other options for hockey out there. No they're not at the same level as the NHL, but they can be entertaining enough if you appreciate them for what they are, and I'm fine with giving them my entertainment dollars. Sure I'll come back to the NHL, but if I end up getting hooked on the Vancouver Giants, Abbottsford Heat or our new NCAA teams out here, that will be some of my money that the NHL doesn't get when they return.
Those of you in New England particularly don't have to miss hockey, if you're willing to go to other levels. Talk about a stacked secondary hockey market - BC, BU, Northeastern, Harvard, Boston Blades, baby B's, Springfield Falcons, Worcester Sharks, Portland Pirates, Manchester Monarchs, Sound Tigers, Conn. Whale. You've got 5 decent choices just inside Boston itself. Must be great to live in that deep of a hockey market (and I'm likely missing some others). If this is an extended lockout I figure all of those teams will be smiling.