I'm begining to wonder if this strike could be a lethal blow for the NHL. Do you guys see the league becoming extinct ?
yes, kiss it good bye
no, fans will always come back
I voted no. But that is based on the idea that they will get it straight in time to have a regular camp and season next year. If this drags on into effecting next year's season, then I would change my answer.Originally Posted by Iron Warrior
I have a buddy who works for the Fan590 (Sports radio station) who interviewed Goodenow two years ago in the summer. After the interview was over, he asked him, off the record, "so how long do you think the lockout will last?".
Goodenow said he was telling his players to expect to be out 18 months.
Goodenow is an ass. Players are screwing up hockey and in a big, big way.
better not be, the only hats I have are hockey team logos and ****, I look like a fool
You know what I don't understand is why the players are bitching about salaries in the NHL but many are playing for much less cash in Europe, WTF is up with that ? They can't be satisfied with multi-million dollar deals ? I also hate it when they use the "I gotta feed my kids" rhetoric. They say it as if they are average Joe's making 40K a year LOL. These guys have jobs many of us would do for much le$$ than they do. Hockey is the only pro sport we have in San Jose (Unless you count soccer and lacrosse LOL) and I'd be dam pissed to see it disappear just as I was starting to follow and support the SharksOriginally Posted by houseman
Well when you really think about it, hockey has been dying for years. The sport just isn't the TV draw that the NFL is. So they can't get good contracts to promote the sport. This lockout will definitely not help their situation at all. Just look at how the strike affected baseball immediately after. It took the McGuire/Sosa homerun chase to bring people back. And I don't think there's a record in hockey that can bring in the occasional fan like that did. Don't get me wrong, I love hockey, love watching it. But if they don't play any games this season and it extends into next, they may think about retreating to Canada.
This is not meant of a flame to people in the US but the biggest complaint I hear from Americans about hockey is "they can't follow it".
Apparently they have a hard time following a black puck on a white sheet of ice.
Do I think it's that simple? No. Frankly, I blame the broadcasting in the US because they don't know how to follow the game on camera. In Canada, our broadcasters KNOW how to shoot a game. If you ever watch Hockey Night in Canada vs. say Fox or ABC broadcasting? It's like night and day. Plus, the commentarors in the US are horrid!
You cannot compare NHL (hockey) to NFL (football). One of the MAIN reasons football is such a huge draw is the gambling aspect. When people bet on sports they suddenly become more interested in the sport and the outcome.
As a hockey player myself, im disappointed.
Some of my friends just got drafted by NHL teams, and they won't ever get their chance.
It was never really an American past-time.
its football, baseball, basketball and nascar now...
Bowling too (more people watch bowling on TV than nascar and basketball - believe it or not!)
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Hockey may die in the US, but Canada will always come back. We just love it waaayyy to much up here. They don't call southern Ontario 'The Leafs Nation' for nothing. Hell, we just got a Leafs logo baby pacifier as a gift. My baby has a Leafs jersey and he/she isn't even due until January.
As much as I want to see hockey I'm OK with a lockout, so long as at the end they solve some of the structural issues. If this solution involves retracting multiple teams in the southern US, so be it. I've not been in the southern US, but we hear stories of how rodeo gets better TV ratings down there. Retract the teams, get a system where every team has a chance to compete year to year, and lets have at it. Less teams = better quality product = better entertainment for those of us who do care.
At least the world junior championships start at the end of the month. Its something anyways.
I love hockey GO BRUINS!
Its done now. Sports networks up here are reporting NHL is rejecting players latest offer without any need for further talks. Anyone ever see a whole country go into a deep depression? That's were Canada is now headed. Maybe we need a riot or something ...
Guess I'd better start watching cricket, or bobsled or (shudder) water polo.
you mean is the NHL dead, not hockey. If the NHL did die, another league would spring up, with the same owners and the same players. I moved to Ottawa a few years ago from a small non-hockey town, and to see the support the Sens get from the town is amazing. Come playoff time the whole city is about hockey (although it doesn't last long I hope they stand their grounds and hold out till the NHLPA accepts the salary cap. I am a firm believer in the salary cap expecially if you want to continue to see Canadian teams in the NHL. We just don't have the money or market to compete with U.S. teams financially, just look at baseball, Canada is down to its last team in MLB. I hope the NHLPA accepts the deal soon and we get some NHL hockey next year, for now, the minors will have to do.
Never been a hockey fan.......glad I didn't start. I suppose in those Frozen parts of the world, hockey will never die, but then again, they have NOTHING else to do.
Not only is hockey dead, it barely had a pulse in the U.S.
So now that the season is canceled what are we going to do!!!
Frozen parts of the world like Minnesota, Boston, New York, Detroit, Chicago?Originally Posted by gobig1
True, people in those areas definitely have nothing else to do.
Actually I read today that the union has finally agreed to a salary cap. Except they want a 52 mill roof where the league wants it at 40 mil. It's a huge step but it still might be too late. I'm willing to still rely on hope that we get some games out of this year.
well i live in chicago so hockey has been dead here for years but i bet if you ask any canadians im sure they will tell you that when hockey starts up if ever that they will be first in line to get ticketsOriginally Posted by Iron Warrior
As a Canadian.. don't hold your breath on thatOriginally Posted by iwinulose2981
You can bet I won't be buying tickets. Not for me or for my company.