Woosh! Seems the true impact of this lockout is right over YOUR head! I don't claim to know everything about it to the extent that many here do, but I do know that the season was trashed from DAY 1 when the players were locked out before any attempt to make a deal was made. Your teacher analogy is apples to oranges. Teachers provide an invaluable service to our children, are typically underpaid, and they are not (personally) a business. To compare them to greedy NHL team owners, players and league is disrespectful to teachers. Most other businesses hire replacement workers so the customer is not inconvenienced while negotiations take place, but in the case of this lockout, it was complete disregard for the customer, the FAN, the source of the MONEY. Without us, there would be no NHL, except for people like you who can be treated like crap and disrespected and you come back with wallet open and a smiling face. The NHL exists for you.
Like others here, our family won't punish local restaurants and sports bars, they're innocent. Just watching games on TV? Not sure how NHL makes money on me just watching. How do they know we watch?? Whether we watch or not, the ads get played no matter. It'd be nice if the advertisers stepped up and did a little boycotting. Maybe we fans should spend a little less with the advertisers?
Somehow we need to be a voice and send a message that this type of behavior is unacceptable from the NHL.
They exist for us, not the other way around.
I think you are almost right.
However I do not believe a boycott can work for punitive reasons and then be lifted because you really want the product.
If you have lost interest in the NHL great, boycott, no don't boycott, just walk away.
I currently boycott Monsanto because I believe they are bad and produce bad product, I can find similar product but not pay to support Monsanto. A one day boycott of Monsanto would not do anything, even if every person in the world boycotted them. The NHL is the same, either stop watching or don't, one day will not make any difference.
The NHL is largely sponsored by Monsanto, so this lockout has given me pause to ask myself if I really want to continue supporting a sport sponsored by a product I do not believe in? I am not sure about that, but am leaning away from the NHL.
Likewise I wonder about those who say they are finished with the NHL but will support Junior hockey. Isn't that like saying, "I'd kill a rat in my house but nurture baby rats"? WHL players are playing for the same dream as NHL players. Personally, I am invested in u-9 soccer, those kids play for the love of the game, with no illusions of grandeur or Grand Payoff.