With nearly five days of continuous talks between the NHL and NHLPA, no progress has been made and the “talks” have stalled once again. The NHL has already decided that at some point this week, if no real progress is made, they will begin removing regular season games from the schedule. At the pace they are going, that will likely take almost all of october off the board.
This is a hard pill to swallow for NHL fans, especially when both sided are walking out of the meeting room playing the blame game. When these executives who have the fate of our favorite sport in the palm of their hands begin claiming to the media “we still aren’t close” or “no progress made” makes me feel like I’m the mother of two young children. We all hear this sophisticated jargon when we watch the news, but to me it sounds like “It’s Billy’s fault,” “No, No, Gary did it.”
When will these children finally act like men and realize that they are actually in the service industry, well more like the “serve-us” industry. It is their job to serve-us with entertainment, hope, and pride for one’s city. They need to finally look around and see who truly help to pay the bills, the fans.
On an side note: The average cost of an NHL game ticket in 2011-2012 was $90. The average attendance across the league was 17,460. That is a gross revenue of $1,571,400. Therefore, if the fans are worth roughly $1-2 million of revenue per team(60 million for the league as a whole), then why can’t the owners and players realize that if it weren’t for the fans, they wouldn’t have a sport worth so much.