you contradicted yourself there... 'we buy products which proceeds go to the team... the team pays the salaries'. owning car dealerships, you have to have that kind of mindset, the profit from every sale my employees make essentially pays me. this is not unlike the 18,466 seats in Rogers arena and the countless number of merchandise sold, which essentially pays the players, if there were no fans there would be no millions for the players.
Actually, I did not contradict myself. It would have been easier if you had read my many posts in this thread answering the specific issues you brought up, but since I can only assume you read as far as the single post you quoted I'll repeat some of what I've said in other posts.
Sports is not a service based industry. It is a product based industry and we buy products by choice. We see a shirt we like, we give a retailer money and they give us a shirt. If the t-shirt has a hole in it when you get it home, you can complain with the retailer and perhaps get your money back or get a replacement because you paid for a wearable t-shirt. You cannot, however, return it because the team played badly in the game that night. You paid for a specific product, not a service.
Likewise, when we buy tickets we get seats to see a game but there is no guarantee it will be a good game or even that the big name players will show up at all. You get to see a game. That's it. No one is promised any outcome nor given any sway or say with the team.
Perhaps as a car dealership owner you have that mindset that every customer pays your salary and therefore should be treated as if they were your sole customer (whether or not giving every person who walks through the door and spends a loonie that kind of power over your business is a good idea or not would be up to you), but the vast majority of businesses are not run that way.
As I said in previous posts, of course fans contribute most (though not all) of the profits, but we do so collectively, not as individuals. And that is where people get confused. No one has the right to say, "I pay your salary" because they do not. If you stop buying their stuff today I guarantee you everyone will still be getting paid without a problem. And no one has the right to say "fans pay your salary" as a means to give their individual voice and opinion the weight of all fans' support and dollars because you do not speak for anyone other than yourself. Fans as a collective may pay their salaries, but individual fans do not. In reality, they bought a couple of shirts and a pair of tickets, so they didn't even pay for the Zamboni driver for a single practice, much less every salary for every player on the team. WE collectively paid for that, but WE collectively do not speak with a single voice. All any of us can do is speak for ourselves and our own dollars. You can only speak for your own dollars and your own support, not mine and not anyone else's. Your voice with the team is only as big as you have the ability to hurt their bottom line, which isn't likely very much given the number of fans who contribute to it.