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#31 Baggins

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:02 PM

You are missing the point. I am already paying for the channels that broadcast games. I will continue to watch the games because I love hockey.

I'm not naive. Me not attending a game or not buying a jersey will not make any difference in the lives of the Aquilinis. The reason I am not paying to attend games is because I don't want to spend my own money on such things, because I believe the product is not deserving of my money. Not spending $200 to see a game won't mean anything to this organization, but it will save me a lot of money, money I can spend on something I feel has earned it.


Yes it saves you money, but not buying a ticket won't leave that ticket unsold here. Which means you're not making a protest statement at all in that regard other than in your own mind. The Canucks will still have that money whether it's yours or not. What the networks pay the NHL is based on what they can charge for advertising during the game. What the networks can charge advertisers is based on how many viewers watch the game. So what the NHL receives is directly linked to you watching. So your protest is only in your head. You're still supporting the team financially even if the money isn't coming directly out of your pocket.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:14 PM

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.


How is it unacceptable for union/magaement to have a contract dispute? It happens often enough and losing entertainment has little real affect on your life. Does it affect some lives? You bet. Every strike/lockout does. During a teacher strike in the early 80's I had to put my 6 and 8 years olds in daycare for the full day instead of 3 hours. Unacceptable? During the last transit strike I had to take taxi's far more often, as did many, many others. A teacher or transit strike afffects far more lives than an entertainment strike. The TV writers went on strike a few years back. It affected actors and crew being out of work. Unacceptable? Did you boycott TV as a result? They also exist for us after all. John Q. Public simply found other forms of entertainment until they returned. This is no different. Labour disputes happen and life goes on.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

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.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

How about the symbolic gesture of entire sections leaving their seats for the concourse throughout the game or standing and turning their backs to the ice? Think they'd show camera shots of that to TV audiences ? Would make good press though.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

i will be watching everything i can.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

Yes it saves you money, but not buying a ticket won't leave that ticket unsold here. Which means you're not making a protest statement at all in that regard other than in your own mind. The Canucks will still have that money whether it's yours or not. What the networks pay the NHL is based on what they can charge for advertising during the game. What the networks can charge advertisers is based on how many viewers watch the game. So what the NHL receives is directly linked to you watching. So your protest is only in your head. You're still supporting the team financially even if the money isn't coming directly out of your pocket.


I don't know about these people who piss and moan about the lockout be me, I'm a hockey fan, I love the game, I love playing it, I love watching it and no one could pay me enough to stop watching it. News flash the NHL is corrupt, so is the government I don't see you protesting them.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:21 PM

One thing y'all should at least do is stop buying merchandise. You're stupid to at any time but more so at this time. At the end of the day neither the players nor the owners care anything about you the fan. So stop stuffing their pockets. I will still follow my team but with mild detatched curiosity. Even more than it's been these last few years.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

One thing y'all should at least do is stop buying merchandise. You're stupid to at any time but more so at this time. At the end of the day neither the players nor the owners care anything about you the fan. So stop stuffing their pockets. I will still follow my team but with mild detatched curiosity. Even more than it's been these last few years.

i'll buy an extra jersey this season just to make up for you're lack of support (which you clearly didn't even do to begin with)
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

I rest my case...
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:35 PM

For me it wont be about attempting a boycott ,The issue is will the NHL take as much priority in my life.

I found other things to fill my time that used to be for watching NHL hockey and now i dont know if i want to re devote that time again to a something this unstable
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:57 PM

Won't be paying to go to games that's for sure. But I'll definitely be watching at home and hitting up the local restaurants and sports bars. They deserve the support.

To boycott the NHL all together would be more detrimental to me than to them. It's the best quality of hockey in the world, so why would I not watch it?


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:58 PM

I don't know about these people who piss and moan about the lockout be me, I'm a hockey fan, I love the game, I love playing it, I love watching it and no one could pay me enough to stop watching it. News flash the NHL is corrupt, so is the government I don't see you protesting them.


This is exactly the whole point . The apathy of this world is pathetic . Society is literally spoon fed everything and has clearly lost it's way. We bitch about a sports strike while the entire country of Palestine is the worlds largest open air prison. Sadly you are right and most really have no balls to boycott, protest, rally or even stand up and shout . I for one dont need the NHL to love the game. I have been playing more games on the ice in the last ten years then I did in my entire youth. Honestly these strikes and lockouts have only strenghtened my love for the purity of this sport. I have been a fan for 35 years and quite franklty if people want to boycott, protest or whatever at least it is better than being some apathetic fool that will just take it in the A... everytime without a care in the world.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:01 PM

For me it wont be about attempting a boycott ,The issue is will the NHL take as much priority in my life.

I found other things to fill my time that used to be for watching NHL hockey and now i dont know if i want to re devote that time again to a something this unstable


It was like that the last lockout; it'll be like this the same time around.

The diehards remain; the fairweathers would have ventured off into cable TV or other entertainment opportunities rather than hockey. Their Saturdays are now booked up for events as opposed to HNIC. I'm sure come April, everyone will once again have a team to cheer for in the round of 16, but for now, hit the NHL where they hurt - the TV ratings.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:31 PM

Holy crap..people can be so overdramatic. "Wah Wah Wah,the NHL doesnt care about me.." Go hug your mothers,Nike don't care about you,Sony dont care about you, McDonalds dont give a crap about you either.As a matter of fact, no corporation gives a flying frack about any of us.Dont get my wrong, you're entitled to your opinion, but all these losers whining that the NHL don't love them,get the frack over it,because no one else does,either.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

why would i boycott something i love, now if i could boycott yardwork, dishes, and any other chores my wife throws at me count me in.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

wont be purchasing nhl center ice for a long time now been a subscriber for 5 years won't buy any nhl merchandise until this cba expires and a new one is signed with no lockouts


thats like 10 years...
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:46 PM

Will watch like I always have, but not going to spend any money on tickets or merchandise for a while.


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:47 PM

YES! Let the Boycott Begin!
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:56 AM

After 113 hockey-less days and having gone collectively through all of the stages of grief, we know that the season will start in a couple of weeks and the greedy players have come to an agreement with the greedier owners. But before we have all accepted the fate of the season and gone through a stage of depression, there was a time when most fans were angry and felt powerless. There were many proposed ways to protest the lockout, many of which were rash and unrealistic, but others were possible.

The most practical and widespread form of protest, was the idea that we would boycott the league in some form. As it turns out, however, it's hard to boycott a business that is already withholding its product from you. Now, for the first time since this lockout began, the fans have chance to actually get revenge on the league

So, do you see a point in trying to stick it to The Man? If so, how will you be boycotting the NHL?



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:24 AM

I haven't spent a cent since the 04 lockout. So. Easy choice
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:58 AM

I wanted to go to a game this year but won't and that'll be the extent of my displeasure with the lockout. I went through all the effort of watching the crappy streamed AHL games and can't wait to be able to watch HD canucks on my tv again. I'll probably not buy any merchandise unless the canucks make a deep playoff run.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:00 AM

if hockey starts the 15th I won't watch a single game nor will my gf. now if it starts the 19th ( Saturday) that's a different story
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:11 AM

if hockey starts the 15th I won't watch a single game nor will my gf. now if it starts the 19th ( Saturday) that's a different story

date night?
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:16 AM

date night?

lol my thought is I can occupy myself on a Tuesday because.its cheap movie night but let's face it I'm not going to miss the first hnic of the season even if cherry is a plug
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

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If teachers go on strike again will you boycot sending your kids to school when they return to work? If there is another beer strike will you boycott drinking beer when they return to work? How about an airline strike, will you never fly again?

People need to understand that the NHL is in fact a business, not a right. Any business that invloves a union will face labor disputes. Such is life. Welcome to the real world. The crybabies can curl up and suck their thumbs while the rest of us enjoy our favorite sport.

Game on....drop the puck!


I am so sick of this bad attitude that customers don't matter. Wake up and smell the coffee.
Let me turn this around on you. Business don't have entitlements to function. Welcome to the real world. No customers, no income, no business. Some businesses thrive. Some die. Stop listening to your customers they will go elsewhere.
Tick them off enough, they will find other companies to go to. There's a lot of stores I won't buy from. Will that make a huge difference? Maybe short term no. But long term it will.

The NHL formed from the ashes of the NHA. Some of the teams are from the WHA era. In the NFL there's a lot of teams from the merger from the NFL and AFL. The NHL if it want's to make good money has to stop treating it's customers like crap.

I say do what you want. You've got season's tickets? Fine. You buy merchandise, also fine. I'm not going to a game, or buying merchandise this year. That's my way of letting my voice be heard.

The first wrong assumption is that individuals don't matter. They do.
Individuals, lead to small groups. Small groups lead to larger groups. Larger groups turn into a majority. If enough people get sick of the NHL, they will turn to other pursuits. Look at Boxing. Boxing used to be a major sport in North America. You would have reporters in the newspapers and TV following it. There was fights on TV every weekend. Now you hardly hear anyone talk about it. I'm sure it's making a fraction of the revenue it used to make. Why did this happen? The promoters were too busy wanting to make money, instead of providing good matches, and keeping the sport going. I don't want to see the NHL turn into boxing. It's already pretty much not relevant in the US. Canadians are what's providing majority of the revenue.

Comparing the strike to teachers? Apples and oranges. We're not talking about classroom sizes, or education. We're talking two sides fighting over how much of the pie they get. Or more like two kids fighting in a sandbox.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:48 AM

I am so sick of this bad attitude that customers don't matter. Wake up and smell the coffee.
Let me turn this around on you. Business don't have entitlements to function. Welcome to the real world. No customers, no income, no business. Some businesses thrive. Some die. Stop listening to your customers they will go elsewhere.
Tick them off enough, they will find other companies to go to. There's a lot of stores I won't buy from. Will that make a huge difference? Maybe short term no. But long term it will.

The NHL formed from the ashes of the NHA. Some of the teams are from the WHA era. In the NFL there's a lot of teams from the merger from the NFL and AFL. The NHL if it want's to make good money has to stop treating it's customers like crap.

I say do what you want. You've got season's tickets? Fine. You buy merchandise, also fine. I'm not going to a game, or buying merchandise this year. That's my way of letting my voice be heard.

The first wrong assumption is that individuals don't matter. They do.
Individuals, lead to small groups. Small groups lead to larger groups. Larger groups turn into a majority. If enough people get sick of the NHL, they will turn to other pursuits. Look at Boxing. Boxing used to be a major sport in North America. You would have reporters in the newspapers and TV following it. There was fights on TV every weekend. Now you hardly hear anyone talk about it. I'm sure it's making a fraction of the revenue it used to make. Why did this happen? The promoters were too busy wanting to make money, instead of providing good matches, and keeping the sport going. I don't want to see the NHL turn into boxing. It's already pretty much not relevant in the US. Canadians are what's providing majority of the revenue.

Comparing the strike to teachers? Apples and oranges. We're not talking about classroom sizes, or education. We're talking two sides fighting over how much of the pie they get. Or more like two kids fighting in a sandbox.

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+1 rant of the year. look at the ufc. enormous a couple years ago, now who the eff cares. with a the stupid injures and half assed main events fans lost interest. I won't even watch it now let alone pay to watch it in a packed bar.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:06 AM

I'm not on FB but I'm totally on-board with the Just Drop It fan boycott, which according to Steve Chase (the campaign's starter), amounts to ten team games boycotted by each fan. I guess that means I'll be tuning in to the NHL when the Canucks eventually hit their 11th game.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:37 AM

I've spoken to quite a few people during the lookout and we all said that if the season starts we won't watch a single game.

That was before the news broke yesterday. Now we're all drooling in excitment for the NHL to get back on track.

I have always considerd myself some what of an idealist, I guess I was dead wrong...
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

I never kidded myself. I knew as soon as there was hockey back on, I was going to be watching it.

My group of friends are already setting up a draft for the season! Can't wait for NHL hockey! :towel:
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:53 AM

Tell me more about how you're boycotting the NHL after a week into the season.

Tell me more about how you're boycotting the NHL when your team is in the playoffs.
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