The NHL and NHLPA are embroiled in a hard nosed battle to get their piece of the $3.3 billion dollar pie. While they have been fighting, the fans have really ran to the side of either the owners or players. The social media and blogging universe has been alive with these people, cheering their respective sides, and denouncing the other side at the same time. While I am aware that the players took a rather large concession last time around (and they had to since they were earning over 70% of the total revenues), they were going to have to take another one with the NBA and the NFL both negotiated to a 50/50 agreement. Still, I watch what has unfolded and the talk coming out of these meetings and it dawns upon me that both sides are being totally unreasonable.
Maybe both the NHL and NHLPA were taking in what Gordon Gekko was saying about greed.
The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.
This CBA could have been ironed out in a week. Instead we have two sides that are unwilling to bend or work together. Meanwhile, all the fans are caught in the middle.
I have decided not to take a side since I think both sides are being unreasonable. Instead, the side I am taking will be against the NHL. For a period of 3-5 years after the new CBA is agreed upon, I will not spend a dime on NHL tickets or merchandise. The only support the NHL will get out of me will be watching the Red Wings on my cable package and what I can watch on the NBC Sports Network. I don’t know how much the NHL will get for my subscription, but I know it won’t be much. Hell, at this stage they don’t deserve much.
If you are a loyal hockey fan, then now is your time to make your voice heard. Being vocal is a good start, but speak with your wallets when the league returns. It really is the only way to curtail this kind of greed in the long run. The fans that return the moment the puck drops are not helping the league. Both sides need to be taught that the fans are the ones that are the most important to the league.