Although all hockey fans are in this lockout together, as we are all frustrated with how negotiations are going and want to see our teams playing again, our suffering doesn’t seem to matter to the NHL.
The NHL is playing hardball with the NHLPA by canceling all the scheduled hockey games for the month of November, meaning that December might be the first time we see the puck drop. With how negotiations are going and the NHLPA not budging on their terms even after being offered half of the revenue, fans would be lucky to see the hockey season start in December. More likely another announcement will come in the next month to cancel December’s games as well.
This process to get a new collective bargaining agreement signed is looking more and more like the last time the NHL was locked out. If a full season is cancelled will fans come back? Yes, some will, especially die hard fans who live and breathe for the sport. Flyers fans will come back, they are a loyal bunch who root for their team through the end, but not without a lot of reservations. There will be people who leave after frustration over what the NHL has been doing, but there will also be people who leave out of disinterest in the sport as they turn to other sports.
Unfortunately some fans do forget that the NHL is first and foremost a business and they have to go through these negotiations, however slowly they occur. We don’t have to like it, but we do need to realize that in business nothing is personal.
The only good news for Flyers fans craving hockey during this lockout, at least the Phantoms are playing tonight. You can listen to it or watch the webcast on the Phantoms official website. There is also always the NHL Network. Other suggestions are to go support your school or local hockey leagues. Hey at least it’s something.
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