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Re: There will be a strike

Postby donlever » Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:45 pm

ukcanuck wrote:But besides that, why do we give a damn where some Americans think hockey ranks in popularity?


I suppose because that is a market where over 80% of the league resides and selling your product is integral to long term success thus not even having the NHL show up as a top link (behind soccer of all things which Americans despise in general) on a major sports web site where the majority of your league (and your head office) exists is likely a bad sign.

You know this already though so why you posed the question is confusing.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Meds » Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:54 pm

Potatoe1 wrote:Not surprised the canceled all of November...

I am however surprised they are talking about canceling the winter classic so soon.

I guess the plan there is to preempt a perceived leverage point for the players.

The owners really do seem to be going for the jugular here, kind of unfortunate given the owners most recent offer was rather terrible for a team like the Canucks.


Apart from Luongo's contract, what was so terrible for the Canucks and not other teams?
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Topper » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:49 pm

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Re: There will be a strike

Postby ukcanuck » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:52 pm

Topper wrote:Once hosted a triathlon, started the day with mini golf, moved onto five pin bowling and wrapped up in the pub with darts.

Did the participants wear hockey helmets?
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby ukcanuck » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:07 pm

donlever wrote:
ukcanuck wrote:But besides that, why do we give a damn where some Americans think hockey ranks in popularity?


I suppose because that is a market where over 80% of the league resides and selling your product is integral to long term success thus not even having the NHL show up as a top link (behind soccer of all things which Americans despise in general) on a major sports web site where the majority of your league (and your head office) exists is likely a bad sign.

You know this already though so why you posed the question is confusing.


I'd maybe argue with 80% but yeah your point is valid, except we all know that hockey is a niche sport and hasn't so far really been able to crack the sun belt and that's despite Bettman's best efforts. additionally, it's a white Northern European sport which brings a list of social barriers with it.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Hockey Widow » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:07 pm

I'm not missing it yet. I'm really not.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Blob Mckenzie » Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:24 pm

:drink: :drink: :drink:
ukcanuck wrote:
donlever wrote:
ukcanuck wrote:But besides that, why do we give a damn where some Americans think hockey ranks in popularity?


I suppose because that is a market where over 80% of the league resides and selling your product is integral to long term success thus not even having the NHL show up as a top link (behind soccer of all things which Americans despise in general) on a major sports web site where the majority of your league (and your head office) exists is likely a bad sign.

You know this already though so why you posed the question is confusing.


I'd maybe argue with 80% but yeah your point is valid, except we all know that hockey is a niche sport and hasn't so far really been able to crack the sun belt and that's despite Bettman's best efforts. additionally, it's a white Northern European sport which brings a list of social barriers with it.


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. :lol:
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby rockjetty » Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:31 pm

Not missing it yet? It is driving me insane... All news is bad news. Watching classic games doesn't satisfy the craving. I am starting to care less, but only because I have mentally prepared for a full season shut down. If CBC would put AHL or WHL on HNIC, I would be fine...
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby ukcanuck » Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:26 am

Blob Mckenzie wrote: :drink: :drink: :drink:
ukcanuck wrote:
I'd maybe argue with 80% but yeah your point is valid, except we all know that hockey is a niche sport and hasn't so far really been able to crack the sun belt and that's despite Bettman's best efforts. additionally, it's a white Northern European sport which brings a list of social barriers with it.


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. :lol:

Blob, I'm beginning to think you dont care about the right or wrong of it all and just want the puck dropped at any cost.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby okcanuck » Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:47 am

Hockey Widow wrote:I'm not missing it yet. I'm really not.



I'm not either. As far as I'm concerned the owners,the players, Bettman and Feur can wallow in their greedy little world that doesn't give a flying f--- about us.

I'm actually enjoying the extra time wifey and I are spending together watching the Rockets and the Lions. She never has been a big Canucks fan.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Boston Canucker » Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:48 am

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. :lol:


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.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Potatoe1 » Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:52 am

Meds wrote:
Apart from Luongo's contract, what was so terrible for the Canucks and not other teams?


How about the cap dropping,, for starters,,
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Potatoe1 » Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:56 am

ukcanuck wrote:Blob, I'm beginning to think you dont care about the right or wrong of it all and just want the puck dropped at any cost.


He isn`t alone.

It is hilarious that you think right and wrong matters when everyone involved makes 7 figures or more.
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Uncle dans leg » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:57 am

Potatoe1 wrote:
ukcanuck wrote:Blob, I'm beginning to think you dont care about the right or wrong of it all and just want the puck dropped at any cost.


He isn`t alone.

It is hilarious that you think right and wrong matters when everyone involved makes 7 figures or more.

He's defending the rights of the less fortunates....you know, the poor bastards who only earn high 6 figure in a world where EVERYONE is making 7...
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Re: There will be a strike

Postby Tiger » Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:05 am

Potatoe1 wrote:
ukcanuck wrote:Blob, I'm beginning to think you dont care about the right or wrong of it all and just want the puck dropped at any cost.


He isn`t alone.

It is hilarious that you think right and wrong matters when everyone involved makes 7 figures or more.


Agree... and it would not break my heart to see Fehr hit by lightning and Bettman run over by a team bus .. There are
no moral principals being upheld by either side.. Its all about the money .. F them ..
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