October 15, 2012
From the Cheap Seats –
NHL hockey – Fans on strike
But here we are again another week has gone by with absolutely no progress being made by the NHL owners and players. This is all too familiar scenario because it just played out a few years ago, and here we are again stuck in the middle.
I will not belabor the point of how wrong it is for players and owners to use their fans as pawns to try and attain a lifestyle that few of us know. As of 2011 the average salary of an NHL player is $2.4 million per year, the average salary of an NHL owner is a bit more complicated because many are companies such as the Disney group and their profits are absorbed into a conglomerate. But I think it’s safe to say that they all make more money than we do. And it’s even safer to say that their standard of living far exceeds what ours is and that they haven’t received too many shutoff notices in their lifetime.
The longer this strike goes the angrier I get. As it stands, they have lost me as a fan forever. But my purpose with this article is to stir up some passion and some conviction to join with me in this fan strike against the NHL. This is difficult for a lot of fans, I understand that. We live a life that can be difficult because the average working stiff goes to work in the morning, works hard all day long and comes home tired. It is a concentrated effort to do things with your kids and family but it’s guaranteed that once 10 o’clock rolls around your dog tired and you want to go to bed so you can get up tomorrow morning and do it all over again.
This isn’t a lifestyle of NHL player or an owner. Every one of us would love to be in the shoes of these people are just a little while. We would all like the opportunity to buy our kids the best stuff, to keep the refrigerator stocked full and to be able to lay our heads down at night and not have to worry about what bills were past due.
Way too many athletes have forgotten what it’s like to be a working stiff and obviously didn’t learn enough from the last lockout to avoid doing it again. The NHL overall is not one of the most popular professional sports, which means it’s not one of the most profitable sports either. So what will it take? Will it take billionaire owner’s going bankrupt because there is no season which means there is no revenue? Or will it take millionaire players to lose what they have and have to go bag groceries for a living before they understand how good they had it?
I have no answer for you cheap seaters and I’m as frustrated as you are but I just didn’t want another issue to come out without voicing my frustration again because the worst thing that can happen is for the fans to go silent. We have the power to bring about the end of this strike but it will take hockey fans everywhere to band together.
What needs to happen is for hockey fans everywhere to make it show of solidarity. What speaks loudest to me would be fans in cities that have an NHL franchise to meet in front of their stadium and bring any hockey paraphernalia with them, whether it is a jersey, T-shirt, key chains or those big ugly foam fingers and in a big metal drum dump them in and light them on fire. You could call it a we are done party, this sort of message is what the NHL players and owners need to hear.
These two factions play us fans for suckers because they rely on our blind support that when they come back after they’ve gotten what they wanted and they know that we fans will be there for him again willing to forgive. Well, they’ve played me for a sucker for the last time.
We need to strike NHL fans and we need to do it now. We need to show them who are really in charge and that the fans countrywide will not be used as pawns anymore. Who has the testicular fortitude to organize this? Who would be willing to join in and help build the bonfire of broken dreams and broken seasons?
I’d like to hear from you hockey fans please leave a comment below and let me know what you think. I appreciate your continued support.