I realize I’m not living in a part of the country where hockey is as important as college football or basketball, but I’m a serious hockey fan. I think hockey players are the most talented, athletic, fiercest competitors in sports. Not only do they have to be able to ice skate, they must have excellent hand-eye coordination, strength, stamina, and be able to take AND deliver a hit. Oh, and they must also be able to stop on a dime. Oh, and they fight a lot. And that’s ok. It’s allowed.
What’s not to love?
Ever try to skate? On ice? Ever fallen down? On the ice?
I’m a season ticket holder for the Nashville Predators. My wife is even more passionate about the game than I am. She knows all the players, has their numbers memorized, and follows sports-talk radio just to keep up with all the latest.
Hence my dilemma. My wife is very upset right now, and my life is a bit testy because of it.
The current lock-out by the owners of all NHL hockey teams is looking like it could be over soon, but once again, greed has reared it’s ugly head. It’s always curious to me that when people have a good thing going, somehow money always gets in the way.
The National Hockey League has seen record attendance, TV ratings and revenues over the last couple of years. More and more people are coming to games, and watching games on TV. Product sales are soaring. Businesses surrounding the arenas are having big business as a result, so why don’t the owners realize that they have it made, and be more responsible than this?
I understand the need for a business to make money. I understand the need to make payroll. I also understand the responsibility of taking care of those people who depend on you. Locking the players out, delaying the season, playing this game of “push and shove” does nothing for the little guy. Does nothing for the fan. Does nothing for the guy who depends on working the concession stand at each and every game to make ends meet.
These are all very successful business men who own these teams. They’ve made fortunes several times over. It’s disappointing to me that they don’t have enough common sense to avoid something like this. A lot of people get hurt over this little money grab.
Oh, and guess who will pay for it all?
About Hank Bonecutter
Hank is a forty year broadcast veteran, talk show host, writer, producer, and stand-up comedian. Hank is the President of Bonehead Promotions and Clarksville Sports Network.com, and is a contributing author/journalist for Clarksville Online. Hank is an advertising consultant, and social media adviser/manager for exclusive customers.
Web Site: http://clarksvillesportsnetwork.com/
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Topicsgreed, Nashville Predators, nashville tennessee, National Hockey League, NHL lockout
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