Don’t Boycott The NHL

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I’m just going to throw this out there. Ready?

Don’t boycott the NHL after this past lockout.

Look, I know that the lockout sucked. I missed hockey just as much as the next person. But it’s back now, and for all of the bitching I did about not getting to watch professional games, I’m obviously not going to purposely miss them because I’m pissed at the league.

That’s just silly.

Maybe you don’t want to give the league any money. That’s fine. Don’t buy any merchandise, don’t show up to any games. But for those of you who kept saying, “Oh, those poor arena workers, they’re the ones who are really affected,” don’t you think they’ll still be affected if a much smaller number of people attend games? Or the local businesses/restaurants in smaller markets who have been struggling big time over the last few months? Five customers a night does not a profit make.

If you love the game so much, get back to enjoying it. Don’t stand on a pedestal because you think you’re the martyr of the group, your “hill to die on” your beliefs that there shouldn’t have been a lockout in the first place. (That’s a stupid thing to die for.)

And P.S., this lockout is not about you, and it’s not about me. For as much drivel as the league and the players gave about how they want to appease the fans, return to the ice as soon as possible, yadda yadda, yadda, it’s a business, plain and simple. That’s why your favorite players get traded. That’s why there are always negotiations — league-related, team-related, player-related. It’s a business we’ll never fully understand, because we’re not part of it. We’re merely spectators.

So spectate, people. Professional hockey’s back. Enjoy it.