On 9/19/12, I wrote a blog about my views on this just concluded NHL lockout which spanned a total 113 days,basically after the last Stanley Cup win in June 2012.
I’m quite glad that the lockout is now over but I’m quite sad and disgusted that all the collateral businesses tied to the NHL(National Hockey League) had been impacted economically from all this impasse. We’re talking hockey memorabilia stores,restaurants,hotels, sports bars,even the employees of all the arenas where all these hockey games are held. Spin-off economies are important for these places especially during the winter months when things slow down a bit after the Yuletide season.
As to how the coming days will go, it will depend on how the disinfranchised fans will feel if they’re still up to watching the NHL games again.
I strongly believe that the die-hard fans will go back to watching the games. Here in Canada, hockey is considered as a national sport and the Canucks will definitely watch again. As to the American hockey fans, I’m pretty sure that a certain percentage will support the league again but it still remains to be seen as to the actual percentage that will come out since in the U.S., there are a lot of alternative sports events to watch and hockey isn’t their national sport.
Whichever, better late than never and as the old adage goes,”Let the games begin!”
Now let us drop the puck!