-Andrew in Salt Lake City
That pretty much sums it up. "It's really not as fun." Sports is entertainment. The NHL is in the business of providing Hockey played at the highest talent level possible in the cities where they can charge the highest possible amount at the gate. The players in turn take as big as possible a piece of the action they can and use it to buy their Hummers and bankroll elite gambling rings.
But if the fans are not finding it as much FUN to watch the GAME because of the BUSINESS decisions the MANAGEMENT has made then the ENTERTAINMENT aspect of the sport is in serious JEOPARDY.
Would you pay $85 to watch a great game of pick up hockey? Hell no. You pay that much to watch an NHL game because of the skill level, the excitement, the atmosphere... granted some games are better than others, some games are looked to with more anticipation, but the overall season is good value.
But not this year.
This year when I look at the schedule and consider making the rather large INVESTMENT in my ENTERTAINMENT SPENDING for the year I have to examine the product a little closer. I can't go forward with confidence that there may be some lame games but because of the variety in the schedule it will be far outweighed by the overall product. Now I have to look to see what product this league has deemed it appropriate to serve me.
And that sucks.