What should the NHL do for the fans?

Since it is clear to this writer that the NHL is banking on a full return by the fans, what should the league and its players do to win us back to the game they took from us last season? Anything? Is the rule changes enough for us? Or do they need to bend over backwards to accomidate the people who make the game work?In my ever so humble opinion, the NHL should do everything in their power to give the fans a reason to come watch overpaid players play our game. It isn’t enough to fix the game that wasn’t really unfriendly to fans in the first place. Above all else, I think the number one priority, if only for this season, should be a vast reduction in ticket prices…for all seats.

Why? The owners are getting what they want from the players anyway, so why not give back to the fans for fueling their payrolls? And we deserve it frankly, for all the loyalty through the years that they took, and still take, for granted. They seem to think they don’t need us, or if they do, they don’t really say much to appease our palets. We get screwed all the way around, and they laugh their way to the bank. But the majority of fans will tell you they are just happy to get the game back to their local arena, and that’s enough for them. And you know what? They are banking on that, too.

Sure, we are going to get a more streamlined game back. And sure, the NHL will make it appear like they are going the extra mile to thank us for enduring moranic stupidity on both fronts. But if JQ Public just sits back and let’s them get away with it, that’s all they’ll do. Make it appear like they are slapping us on the back for our interest in “their game.” They will do some community things, and of course let us not forget the cap, which should make it a more even playing field. But don’t you think that they should at least let us watch our “heroes” at a reasonable price?

Maybe a $10 for everyone night, or a $40 front row section 20-game pack. Something better than a 10% reduction which is being floated around in places like New York and here in Raleigh. Maybe something more drastic. I’m not saying owners should cripple their ability to field a strong contending team. And maybe I’m really not voicing the fans’ wishes. Maybe it’s just my version of compensation for a lost season that never had to be. I really hope I’m not the only one who is still a little frustrated with the league and its players. Believe me, I’ll be the first one in line for opening night here in Raleigh. I love the game too much to just stop going. But I still feel strongly that they owe us something more than a bone.

I hope I’m not alone in this belief. I really don’t. Because they did take away our game for financial reasons. A game, people. Yes, I know it’s a business. No profit, no game I suppose. But c’mon guys. Let’s not let them get away with it with a kiss and a promise.


11 Responses to What should the NHL do for the fans?

  1. simplyhabby says:

    I would so like to see that happen but unfortunately, here in Toronto, at best the prices will remain the same. Leaf tickets are one of the hardest tickets to obtain so demand will still keep the prices inflated. Thanks MLSE for your contribution to the fans with a free puck night to those who sit in gold and platinum sections.

    Even in Montreal, it would be doubtful that the prices will drop for the same reason as Toronto except the prices at the Bell Centre are a little more reasonable simply because of the size of the building. Montreal draws the most fans to its games so why change?

  2. NjDEVSFN says:

    if the NHL really wants to do something for the fans, they should ADVERTISE THE GAME like every other sport so hockey fans (and the sport for that matter) are no longer the butt of all the jokes

  3. 19Yzerman says:

    Nice article and thought! However I don’t think we will see any overwhelming attempts to draw fans attention in terms of finance. I think if anything we should be ready as fans to pay more. This lockout has shown us that the money is more important to the league then giving us the fans our much needed entertainment. Do not be surprised to see prices go up despite the lowered cost of players and the owners new “Cost Certainty” CBA. Part of that cost certainty is the money coming out of our pockets which they are expecting to remain the same if not increase.

    I think they could at least reduce the cost of parking, concesions, the NHL game package on cable and Satellite and throw in the game program to each ticket holder.

    The next thing we should be prepared for is the league to make some changes and the networks will once again put their stamp of approval on the game by having the game commentators give out heavy doses of complements and a few subliminal messages during games. Its time for them to play catch up and make up for lost revenues.

    “Let’s not let them get away with it with a kiss and a promise.”

    They already got away with screwing us without kissing us.

  4. simplyhabby says:

    TESTIFY!!!!

  5. 19Yzerman says:

    Let’s get down to business

    I don’t got no time to play around what is this?

    Must be a circus in town, let’s shut the shiot down

    On these clowns, can I get a witness?

    Hell Yeah!

  6. simplyhabby says:

    Hallelujah Stevie, Hallelujah Stevie.

  7. 19Yzerman says:

    Like a fool I went and stayed too long

    Now I’m wondering if your love’s still strong

    Oo baby, here I am, signed, sealed delivered, I’m yours

    Then that time I went and said goodbye

    Now I’m back and not ashamed to cry

    Oo baby, here I am, signed, sealed delivered, I’m yours

    Oh You meant 19Yzerman not Stevie Wonder!LOL

  8. NYRules says:

    i dont know abuot $10 maybe $30 for the bad seats and like $100 for the good seats instead of $75 for okay seats like it is here in NY

  9. Flyers_01 says:

    Between periods they should make the players stand at center ice while they play back all the stupid statements the players made during the lockout.

  10. 19Yzerman says:

    Bring Your own oxygen seats for $30? Maybe at MSG but, at the United Center bad seats are already $10. From those seats you can see from the Bering Strait to the Hudson Strait and everything in between. Its an enterprising venture to go and buy up a few of those $10 seats when the Wings are in Chi-town and scalp them to wings fans 1 hour before face off for $40 to $60 each. These scalpers look like homeless people and I would not be surprised to see the NHL put the Squeeze to them also.

    The NHL is going to act like a bunch “Injury Lawyers” and make everyone pay the high price for being involved in NHL game spectating.

  11. 19Yzerman says:

    They should list each teams weekly profit statements next to team standings in the news paper for those fans whose main concern throughout this lockout was that of each teams profitability. This way some teams can show some level of achievement if they are low in standings yet are making a lots of money.

    Instead of wanting to humiliate the players for failing while daring greatly in a worthy cause of self preservation. They should glorify the owners for succeeding in their attempts to do the very same thing.

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