The owners and players of the NHL must feel an element of retribution from the fans of the game. The inability to have any sense of urgency to complete a CBA (collective bargaining agreement) has left fans frustrated to the point of losing passion towards watching the game we once loved. If fans ban together and make a committment to no longer purchase merchandise, watch on TV or buy tickets for an entire year, maybe next time a CBA rolls around (5-7 yrs) they won't drag their feet like they have this year. Hockey owners and players are fighting over HRR (hockey related revenue) and assume fans will come crawling back once an agreement is reached. As a hockey fan, it has been one disappointing week after the next, hearing both sides battle in the media with complete disgard for fans of the game.
Many of us have recent memories/wounds from the 2004-2005 lockout which resulted in the loss of an entire NHL season. Now with the looming possibility of this season being wiped out, what can we do as fans to make the owners (Bettman) and players (Fehr) aware that the fans need to be considered.
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION and pledge your support for the nation of hockey fans that refuse to be held hostage by the NHL parties acting in their own interest.
By signing this petition, you will be making a statement to the league in the following way:
If there is a shortened season this year, I will commit to not buy tickets this year, not purchase any team merchadise, and if possible, will not watch on tv (which puts money in the teams pockets by the television networks). If this season is lost, the above statement will be applied to next year for an entire NHL season.
If enough signatures are gathered, I will be sending this petition to the sports networks (TSN and Sportsnet) in an effort to make this visible to the NHL players and owners.
One Seriously Pissed Off Hockey Fan