There is no defending the NHL or NHLPA

If you are standing behind the owners or the players in these negotiations, its time to walk away.  There is no shame in admitting that you were backing a side that was not good for the game or the fans.  By standing behind on one side, you are in essence defending their actions.  However…..

There is no defense for greed.
There is no defense for refusing to negotiate in good faith.
There is no defense for stall tactics.
There is no defense for pontificating to the media after you don’t get your way.
There is no defense for leaving when your side doesn’t get what they want.
There is no defense for not taking calls from the other side, and there is no defense for leaving a voicemail message turning down a deal.

Its time for us fans to rise up and not support this league or the players.  Will we come back to the game we love?  Probably.  However, there are things we can do to not support the league or the players.  A vast majority of the money the NHL makes is from ticket sales and merchandise.  Don’t buy any NHL merchandise.  Don’t spend money on tickets to see the games.  Don’t support any companies that sponsor the NHL.  Just regulate yourself to watching what you can on cable TV.  The cable subsidy that the league and players get from a cable TV sub is very low.

Do not reward this greed.

Goodbye NHL

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.