Here’s a fan protest I can back.
Fans with JUST DROP IT! know what’s up. They pledge, and urge others to follow suit, that for every game taken after December 21, they will not watch that same number of games. Not at the arena, the bar or at home on TV. Nothing. This also applies to buying NHL merchandise. Get em where it counts, right? Here’s their official mission statement:
The NHL and the players union have once again insulted the very people who pay their salaries. We the fans have the power to make them listen by taking the Just Drop It pledge. For every game they cancel after December 21st, we will boycott an equal number of games. They cancel 10, we boycott 10. No tickets, no TV, no merchandise. If you want to be heard go to our Facebook page. It’s important that you “Like” us. It’s our only way to measure our strength.
Make them JUST DROP IT!
Personally, I’ve vowed to skip games at the arena (with the exception of the Winter Classic) and will refrain from buying any merchandise for an entire season. For me, it’s my way of feeling like I have some control here. They’re fighting over my money, well guess what, they’re not getting it. Not for a while, anyway.
I’ve kind of touched on this before, but the notion that people are going to boycott the NHL for the rest of their lives is some old school tomfoolery. Sure, some fans in cold markets will be lost, no question, but in the end, most of us will come crawling back. So those saying THAT’S IT, THAT’S ALL are really just aching and will probably secretly journal about it, weep at night, and come game 1 after the lockout wraps, they’ll be there, at the game, $11 beer and $7 hotdog in hand.
It’s so easy to take a shit on what they’re doing, but no one’s making you buy in. In the end, if you’re mad enough, you know the only way to actually show your displeasure is through money. That’s what this fight is over. This campaign isn’t going to end the lockout, and I don’t think this is the motivation behind the video, but maybe it sends a message? And maybe it’ll translate into lost revenue? Who knows? None of us know how this mess is going to pan out, the only thing we do know if how we can respond to it. For me, halting financial support is the only way that makes sense. You have a better idea? Let’s hear it.
Take the pledge if you see fit and like them on Facebook. Meanwhile, I’m moving to California for obvious reasons.