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NHL Lockout: Day 1: The Players Turn To Youtube

And so the NHL’s third work stoppage since the early 1990s officially began today as the owners and players still cannot reach an agreement on their share of billions of dollars in revenue, costing us loyal fans the game that we love at least when it comes to the professional ranks. If it wasn’t enough that both the sides look like jerks for arguing over so much money when most people in North America are struggling just to pay the bills, they now have a weapon that they did not have eight years ago and especially not in the early 90s which is social media. Now I don’t know what a bunch of oil-rich billionaire owners were probably in their 60s and 70s for the most part would know about using computers or social media, but it’s nice to know the players can band together an attempt to make a viral YouTube video that will somehow make us think that the strike or lockout or whatever you want to call it is okay enough of the owners fault.

It really doesn’t matter what side you are on if you love hockey you want to see the game being played at its highest level, at least that’s how I feel. Besides if you’ve learned anything from previous lockouts or stoppages, you would know the players always lose especially once they start losing paychecks, but it seems that no one cares that we are losing our patients as fans! My personal highlight of the preamble to the lockout was commissioner Gary Bettman saying that the fans will always come back because the NHL has the greatest fans in the world. I don’t know about you but I would almost consider getting cage all games on satellite just to stick it to the man whose mother still combs his hair!

Admittedly I would agree that for once the players don’t look so bad for not playing because they didn’t give up a lot the last time there was a lockout. But when it comes to billionaires and millionaires do simple math, billionaires can always afford to wait longer, they have other businesses that act as cash cows whereas players need to milk the teets of hockey for all she’s worth. Furthermore, I don’t know what the player’s goal was in making the sappy video below for our review, hoping that we would feel sorry for them because their hopes and dreams for the coming season have been put on hold due to money?

The players need to given as soon as possible, the longer the wait the less money they will have to play with from their careers are over. The worst part about it is that both sides are arguing over percentages. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that using percentages to dictate how much each side should get in this whole ordeal will be representative of the economy, inflation and increased revenues and that it should probably be a fixed amount on a regular basis. Why can’t two sides just agree on one percentage that gets reviewed every 10 to 15 years instead of there being an opt out clause in every collector bargaining agreement the two sides have that scares fans into thinking there’ll be a locket every three or four years?? I guess the players would agree with me on that, but it seems that billionaire owners can never be satisfied with being some of the richest people in the world unless they not only get to stick it to us poor people but also good to stick it to their rich employees.

I have been a hockey fan since I was six years old, and I will never be able to say that I am not a fan of matter how much players choose to go on strike or owners choose to lock them out. However, I will say that I am sick of seeing the labor negotiations on the news as of the most important thing in the world while working class people seem to be getting laid off left, right and center. The players and the owners need to stop complaining and the fans need to stop supporting the two sides by watching their videos along with the news reports and especially in going to games were talking about hockey. As much as it would be impossible to organize a group of fans to boycott hockey on whenever opening night in the NHL happens to be the season, I think it would be absolutely awesome and I think a lot of people out there agree with me.

If you would like to follow more of the sports stuff that I have been doing, you can follow me on twitter @jackchoros.

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