Scoggins: NHL stalemate might be deal-breaker, even for diehard fans

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2012 - 9:01 PM

Lockout is splintering a fan base the NHL can't afford to chase away.

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btaleenDec. 7, 12 9:26 PM

Amen. I too love hockey but am doing just fine without it the longer this goes on. Will never pay to go to a game, too expensive for me, but use to enjoy watching them on TV. Now, no big deal if they cancel the whole season, life goes on. I'm just a poor schlep who can't afford the prices today.

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bluedevil101Dec. 7, 1210:09 PM

Season's over NHL fans. Hopefully they can get it together and play next season.

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manoliveDec. 7, 1210:18 PM

Who cares? You'd think the last lockout would have taught these bozos a lesson. It cost them a whole season, and now the NHL is saying that last deal wasn't good enough? Makes no sense. get a life, NHL. You weren't that great a league to begin with. You were almost on the brink of extinction, and this is how you treat your loyal fans? who support you? You wreak of greed. Why not cancel next season too? It's amazing you have ANY fans left.

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manoliveDec. 7, 1210:39 PM

Plus they had 7 years to come to a new agreement for the fans sake, but they waited and waited and waited until it was too late. This shows how much they care about the fans. Now, the fans suffer. But these greedy, rich players and owners could care less about the fans, and have no one to blame but themselves. Good riddance. Go TWolves!

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ztwoodsDec. 7, 1210:42 PM

Definitely will NOT pay to see the NHL for a long while. We were going to go to Winnipeg to watch the Wild as well as numerous games at the X. Now I will watch college games and do a host of other things. This fan will not be back like I was prior to this mess. The No Hockey League can play without my support, whenever that may be.

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eyeintheskyDec. 7, 1211:17 PM

Support Golden Gopher Hockey. Ditch the nhl...throw them under the bus the same way they threw this season AND the paying fans under the bus. Golden Gopher Hockey will never stirke. Let the nhl and it's money hungry players and it's even MORE money hungry owners be STRUCK DOWN and may the television cameras abandon that foolish league... ; 0 )

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wingophersDec. 8, 12 7:38 AM

I gave up season tickets before last season and I do not regret it one bit. Was happy the Wild signed premier free agents but am not giving money to a league that simply ignores fans and takes them for granted. Glad to stick to college hockey not as many egos. Good Luck Mayor Coleman finding dates to fill the Xcel Energy Center to bring folks downtown.

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imperial67Dec. 8, 12 7:55 AM

I'm a longtime fan and admittedly went thru some withdrawal pains in November. Now I have found Gopher and local high school hockey fill the void quite nicely. Sorry to say it ,but I have written the NHL off for this year.

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marv62Dec. 8, 12 8:04 AM

I would like to give the NHL players/owners some advice. YOU ARE NOT A FRONTLINE SPORT like the NFL and MLB!!! You as a league are simply alienating your fans. You had seven years to figure this out and you didn't' to which there is no excuse. To have any chance of getting fans to come to the arenas you better get this thing figured out soon. If not you may as well shut down the league, the fans you have left are FED UP with the nonsense. All pro athletes make a hell of a lot more than the average fan and ticket prices are outrageous. Don't be surprised if someday all pro sports teams wake up and wonder. Where the hell did the fans go? Simple they can't afford to attend the games to much greed in pro sports. PATHETIC!!!

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fballguyDec. 8, 12 9:09 AM

I am a season ticket holder and do not want them to play a meaningless 48 game season. Owners and players are a bunch of greedy morons. How much is enough for both of you? One notion that I have never bought into is that either side ever cared about the fans. The Wild's fan appreciation night is embarrassing. Last year, the grand prize was a $500 Schwans gift certificate. It was probably donated by Schwans. Craig Leopold doesn't care one bit about the fans other than the money they have spent to watch his inferior product the last 2 years. I remember when they used to give away cars at fan appreciation night. This guy doesn't even take care of his own employees. Morale amongst Wild employees has been low since he bought the team. Next year he is going to cut salaries by 20%. These employees should be contacting their fans on a regular basis with updates trying to keep them interested. Instead all you get is radio silence. The Wild is a second rate organization.

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