Blob Mckenzie wrote:
Yes you'd argue ,and you might actually be correct and hit the nail on the head at 78 %.
Kills me how many people think there is a market for this league if they punt another season.
Here is one US-based perspective on the lockout. Listening to drive-time sports radio here in Boston, here is what I get about the lockout:
1) It is almost never brought up/discussed. On occasion, a caller will bring it up, and they'll discuss for two minutes, and then back to the Sox, Pats, and Celtics. Boston does love it's hockey, but the NHL is just further ceding ground to the other three sports.
2) When it is discussed, most of the commentators/callers are very anti-owner/Bettman, as much because this city hates - absolutely reviles - Jeremy Jacobs. When the Bruins had their Cup celebration at the start of last year (yes,sorry for bringing that up) they were mocking the moment when Jacobs held the cup and noting that it was the only time the fans booed.
But the wider point is that in this, a fairly good US hockey city...the absence of hockey is just, well, barely even present as a topic, further driving the NHL down the depth chart of sports people care about.