So, here we are, deep into the second lockout in eight years.
We are all hockey fans, we are all NHL fans and lots of us are angry at being ignored by both parties involved in this willy-waving display.
I read an excellent article by Dater, who explains in a much more articulate way, my anger at the state of the CBA negotiations. He also uses a lot less profanity than I would. In case you're interested, the post is here:
I feel as if my wife has cheated on me with my brother. I can't get comfort from either party. The thing is, we are all in love with the NHL. Like going out with a Victoria's Secret model, who happens to be a scientist. She's the best we are ever going to get and unfortunately, she knows it.
Sure, we can kid ourselves by having dalliances with girls who have great senses of humour, or are a little "plainer" and not so fancy, but when this VS model clicks her fingers? You know we're going to come running.
That's the problem, the NHL know that they are the best show in town. Would the NHL have lockouts if it was going to seriously hurt them financially in the long run? No, because money is of paramount importance to the owners. Sure, attendance numbers will be down in the short term, but after a month or two and the dust settles, people will start coming back.
The NHL knows that, which is why a lockout seems to be the first resort, not the last. I watched F1 for 34 years until a contract dispute came up last year and spoilt my enjoyment of it, as it revealed the utterly corrupt and money-grabbing heart of the sport. Even a year later, I am meh about it.
I think I will continue to watch the NHL, but at the moment, I am bitter and angry. If I stopped watching, would it make a difference?
TL;DR - fuck this lockout.