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Better Know a Boycott - How to influence NHL owners

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I have been reading a bit about fan outrage over the impending lockout. There is lots of talk about boycotting NHL products, or boycotting future games, etc. However, why wait? And why stop there?

Almost all of the owners (/owning entities) of NHL teams have large stakes in other businesses. By uniting a large group of NHL fans to start a boycott of at least some of these businesses, right now, we may be able to influence the owners in some way. At the very least, we can let them know that their actions are affecting us in a negative way, so we have the ability and power to do the same to them.

Here is a list of NHL owners (from http://icehockey.wik...t_of_NHL_Owners), and other businesses that they have a large stake in. You may be surprised at some of the names - if not the sheer quantity:

Henry Samueli  - Anaheim Ducks

Broadcom Corporation - Computer & Telecommunications Networking

  

Jeremy Jacobs  - Boston Bruins  

Chairman of Delaware North Companies (hospitality and food service company)

Terrence Pegula - Buffalo Sabres

Owns the AHL Rocester Americans.

N. Murray Edwards - Calgary Flames

Owns Canadian Natural Resources (oilsands development). Also owns Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, which owns Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska, Stoneham Mountain Resort, and Mont-Sainte-Anne, Kicking Horse Resort.

Peter Karmanos - Carolina Hurricanes

Owns Compuware, large business software developer

Rocky Wirtz - Chicago Blackhawks

Rocky oversees Wirtz Corporation's commercial and residential real estate companies, wine distributor Wirtz Beverage Group, an insurance company and banks in Illinois and Florida. Wirtz is also the co-chairman of the Executive Committee of the United Center.

  

Stan Kroenke - Colorado Avalanche

Owns Kroenke Sports Enterprises, which in addition to the AVS, controls the Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Rapids (MLS), Colorado Mammoth (NLL) and St. Louis Rams (NFL).

JMAC Inc. - Columbus Blue Jackets  

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Tom Gaglardi - Dallas Stars

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Sandman Hotels, Inns & Suites and Moxie's Restaurants, LP. Also part owner of Kamloops Blazers.

  

Mike Ilitch - Detroit Red Wings

Also owns Little Cesars Pizza and the Detroit Tigers.

  

Rexall Sports (of Katz Group) - Edmonton Oilers

Owns over 1800 pharmacies in Canada, under the names: Rexall, Herbie's for Drug and Food, Meditrust Pharmacy, Pharma Plus, Super Drug Mart, and Dell Pharmacies.

Cliff Viner (& Stu Siegel?) - Florida Panthers

Cliff Viner is a general partner with AVM, LP a fixed income broker/dealer, and III Associates, a fixed income derivatives money management firm. Last I heard, Stu Siegel sold his shares in the team.

  

Philip Anschutz & Edward Roski Jr. - Los Angeles Kings

Philip Anschutz owns or has stakes in MLS teams LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, and the NY/NJ Metro Stars; Los Angeles Lakers; Staples Center and O2 Arena; and the Home Depot Center. Ed Roski is also a part owner of the Lakers, and owns the Silverton Casino Lodge in Las Vegas.

  

Craig Leipold - Minnesota Wild

Leipold's companies own the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville, and the Houston Aeros AHL team. They also manage the Xcel Energy Center and the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Molson Family - Montreal Canadiens

Molson is a big invester in the NHL (for many teams), besides owning a cornerstone franchise. Their beers include Canadian, Coors, Ice, Golden, Export, Dry, XXX, Stock Ale, Rickard's, Pilsner, Carling, Keystone, Bohemian, and Calgary Export. Owns partial stakes in the Brazilian brands A Marca Bavaria and Kaiser. In Canada, has the marketing and selling rights for Corona, Heineken, and Miller brands.

  

Predators Holdings LLC - Nashville Predators

Owns and operates Bridgestone arena.  

Jeffrey Vanderbeek - New Jersey Devils

Owns the Prudential Center (but maybe not for long!)

  

Charles Wang - New York Islanders

Owner of CA Technologies (systems software developer) and the Bridgport Sound Tigers AHL team.

James Dolan - New York Rangers

Also President and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation (only operates in NYC - unrelated to Cablevision Canada).  

Eugene Melnyk - Ottawa Senators

He is the founder, and former chairman and CEO of Biovail Corporation (Parmaceuticals), which merged with merged with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in 2010. Its major products include Cesamet (nabilone), Efudex, Mestinon, Diastat, and Ribavirin.

Comcast-Spectator - Philadelphia Flyers

Comcast is a major Internet/Cable/Phone provider in the US.

  

NHL - Phoenix Coyotes

Hah!

Mario Lemieux & Ron Burkle - Pittsburgh Penguins

Ron Burkle has his fingers in a lot of pies. Some of the major ones are: 20.7% stake in Americold Realty Trust; major invester in Sean John clothing line; small stakes of Barnes & Noble and American Apparel. Significant stake in Relativity Media, which produced such films as Let Me In, Limitless, Machine Gun Preacher, Mirror Mirror, The Raven, and upcoming releases such as The House at the End of the Street, Movie 43, and Safe Haven.

Sports Capital Partners - St. Louis Blues

Owns Real Madrid! Also Real Salt Lake (MLS), Peoria Rivermen (AHL), Scottrade Center, Peabody Opera House, KALL700 Sports Radio, and Tupelo-Honey productions.

Sharks Entertainment Enterprises - San Jose Sharks

Owns the HP Pavillion and Worcester Sharks. Also a minority shareholder in the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS).

Jeff Vinik - Tampa Bay Lightning  

Also owns the Tampa Bay Storm. Minority owner of the Boston Red Sox. Also on board of directors for Liverpool Football Club.

M.L.S.E - Toronto Maple Leafs

Also owns the Raptors, Marlies (AHL), Toronto FC (MLS), Air Canada Centre, Ricoh Coliseum, BMO Field, Mastercard Centre, and Real Sports.

Canucks Sports and Entertainment - Vancouver Canucks

Also owns Rogers Arena. But it is 100% owned by Aquilini Investment Group, which owns/operates: multi-storey residential developments in Vancouver including the King Edward Village, Richards Living tower, and Maynards Block; proponent of the proposed $2.6B Garibaldi at Squamish resort; half ownership of Halifax-based Pacrim Hospitality Services, which owns and manages 30 hotels across Canada, and all Pizza Hut locations in BC; creator and producer of Bassano Hard Soda.

Ted Leonsis - Washington Capitals

Also majority owner of majority owner of the Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Mystics (WNBA) and the Verizon Center. Founder and Chairman of SnagFilms, which offers ad-supported documentaries. Vice chairman of Groupon and on the board of American Express.

True North Sports and Entertainment - Winnipeg Jets

Owns and operates the MTS Centre, and the St. John's Ice Caps (AHL).

Now, obviously every person will not be a direct consumer of these companies. However, I am going to make my own "boycott list". I encourage any of you to do the same.

So, if a lockout is declared on September 15th, I will begin a boycott of the following:

- All beers produced/distributed by Molson (no Heinekin or Corona)

- Rexall drugs (normally gets around $50/month from me)

- Moxies

- Little Cesars

- Pizza Hut (BC)

- Sandman Hotels

- All films produced by Relativity Media

- Premiership games with Liverpool or Real Madrid, merchandise for either team

- Will try to influence brother-in-law to boycott St. Louis Rams (he's a huge fan)

- Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska, Stoneham Mountain Resort, and Kicking Horse Resort (I go to Kicking Horse every year)

- No events at Rogers Arena when I'm in Vancouver (I catch concerts here)

- Bassano Hard Soda (will tell everyone it's terrible)

Feel free to spread this by any means possible. I am going to start tweeting information/etc. using hashtag #fanlockout.

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In reality a boycott such as this won't really accomplish anything, I'm sure diehard NHL fans make up a minuscule fraction of their consumers.

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Now, obviously every person will not be a direct consumer of these companies. However, I am going to make my own "boycott list". I encourage any of you to do the same.

So, if a lockout is declared on September 15th, I will begin a boycott of the following:

- All beers produced/distributed by Molson (no Heinekin or Corona)

- Rexall drugs (normally gets around $50/month from me)

- Home Depot

- Moxies

- Little Cesars

- Pizza Hut (BC)

- Sandman Hotels

- All films produced by Relativity Media

- Premiership games with Liverpool or Real Madrid, merchandise for either team

- Will try to influence brother-in-law to boycott St. Louis Rams (he's a huge fan)

- Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Nakiska, Stoneham Mountain Resort, and Kicking Horse Resort (I go to Kicking Horse every year)

- No events at Rogers Arena when I'm in Vancouver (I catch concerts here)

- Bassano Hard Soda (will tell everyone it's terrible)

Feel free to spread this by any means possible. I am going to start tweeting information/etc. using hashtag #NHLboycott.

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In reality a boycott such as this won't really accomplish anything, I'm sure diehard NHL fans make up a minuscule fraction of their consumers.

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Do you have a list of any player owned businesses to boycott as well?

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I have a part-time job at the Home Depot.  If sales go down, my hours will go down.  What kind of message are you trying to send to me?  Or am I just collateral damage?

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Do you have a list of any player owned businesses to boycott as well?

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What kind of message are you sending to the people who work at Canucks games? Or those who work at bars which need the business of hockey games to stay afloat? That your crappy little P/T job is more important?

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What kind of message are you sending to the people who work at Canucks games? Or those wo work at bars which need the business of hockey games to stay afloat? That your crappy little P/T job is more important?

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I've been boycotting Little Caesar's pizza for years!

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Well it's a start. Isn't Pegula (Sabres) some kind of gajillionaire? I remember TSN covering his wealth when he bought the team - he must have other investments.

I'm still not sure of the attack plan mate. The real direction should be to get a small group here to start an online boycott of NHL owner's businesses as well as boycotting all NHL sponsors (Bauer, Vitamin Water, Blackberry, Tim Hortons etc.). Once the group is big enough from here transfer those signatories to a coherent website. Spread knowledge of the website through facebook, twitter etc. Once the signatures is a decent size approach local news to get a fluff story done - doubling the awareness of your campaign. Throw the video of the news coverage on youtube and redirect all signatories to the video, sharing the video with their friends/colleagues. By then you might have enough attention to actually make national news or catch the attention of NHL owners. This will probably be at least 2 months. Start with a small group of petitioners here and finish your research as to NHL's top sponsors.

Best of luck.

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I have a part-time job at the Home Depot. If sales go down, my hours will go down. What kind of message are you trying to send to me? Or am I just collateral damage?

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so what are you saying?  Home Depot employees should quit thier job until fans get thier hockey back?  Thier source of income method of earning a living is far less important than fans crying about thier season starting late?

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A seemingly insignificant shift in buying habits can cause large ripples.

Economies of scale are funny things. You would think that a shift of 1-2% in business would be hardly noticed. However, these large businesses operate with small profit margins. So a "tiny fraction" of lost sales - in comparable with totals - can actually make a noticeable difference on the bottom line.

It's kind of like with wages at work, and how they can affect discretionary income. If you make $20/hour, and get a 25 cent raise, you may think "big deal". And compared to your total wages, it seems insignificant - barely over 1%. However, let's you're just scraping by, and only have $100 to spend on yourself (entertainment, etc.) a month. That 25 cents just raised your "me money" by over $40 a month (ignoring taxes).

"Me money" for corporations is known as Retained Earnings, or Earnings Per Share. This is the largest single factor that investors look at when evaluating businesses. It is also where dividends come from, so shareholders are extremely interested in it as well.

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I removed Home Depot. After reviewing the mass amount of information, I found that Philip Anschutz merely owns the venue known as "Home Depot Center", and no significant stake of Home Depot itself.

But the rest stands.

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