Re: Just drop it
posted at 12/10/2012 9:56 PM EST
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
I agree with everyone that formal boycotts or threats really don't work, and who wants to avoid hockey when it is back just to fill your spiteful promises?
But, I do think the informal/unplanned reactions will hurt the NHL significantly. Like people who are just losing interest, finding hockey elsewhere, and spending their extra money on other things. Without a big plan or coordinated effort, I think this is happening everywhere. People are not going to run out and buy tickets as soon as the NHL comes back (or jerseys, or the Centre Ice package, etc.). If they're like me, they've already found alternatives, and just won't have the excitment in January to spend money on the NHL, like they would have in August.
I'm not out to punish the league (don't mind doing it though). I've just bought more college hockey tickets, cancelled the Center Ice package, and found other things to spend my hockey money on. I'm not even trying to make a point. But when you lose something, you move on. And when that something suddenly comes back...you might be into something else, or just be slow to come back.
I'll be back, but my 2012-13 hockey budget has gone elsewhere. I'll watch free games on tv this year, but that's about it. Maybe next year.
I'm not so sure they don't. People that hang around forums like these represent a very insignificant ratio of those consuming NHL hockey. We're the addicts, not an adequate representation of the average hockey fan.
You hear players, coaches, owners, many people talk about respecting the game. The game is losing a lot of respect from a lot of people, and that could really impact the growth cycle. The term "boycott" seems a little over the top to me too, however, continued badmouthing of the NHL product as a result of serial labour unrest can influence people to distance themselves from a sport that already is perceived to have plenty of issues.