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Should NHL fans protest lockout with Winter Classic boycott?

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10:15 AM ET 08.19 | It isn't often a hockey fan has power of any kind, but the season-ticket holders in Detroit and Toronto do have some power for a change. They can say no to tickets for the Winter Classic. They can protest the upcoming lockout legitimately by just saying no to buying the seats being offered their way. And the public can get involved also, those who apply by lottery for tickets at the University of Michigan. This is a rare opportunity for fans to lash back at mistreatment by the NHL. It won't happen, of course. But wouldn't it be nice if it did?

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August 19, 2012  10:27 AM ET

Sounds great...but yes, I'll buy those tickets that no one wants.

August 19, 2012  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Sounds great...but yes, I'll buy those tickets that no one wants.

And there you have why fan boycotts never work.

August 19, 2012  10:31 AM ET

Should NHL fans protest lockout with Winter Classic boycott?

Should they? Of course!

Will they? Of course not!

August 19, 2012  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Should NHL fans protest lockout with Winter Classic boycott?Should they? Of course!Will they? Of course not!

I will if you will.

August 19, 2012  10:37 AM ET

If there is any sort of lockout, I will NOT purchase NHL Center Ice this year.

August 19, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I will if you will.

I will.

August 19, 2012  10:49 AM ET

Boycotts never work.. but it is a nice thought. as a FSTH to an NHL Team, I am torn between canceling my tickets and just being ticked off but keeping them.

August 19, 2012  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Boycotts never work.. but it is a nice thought. as a FSTH to an NHL Team, I am torn between canceling my tickets and just being ticked off but keeping them.

What would Gary do?

August 19, 2012  10:57 AM ET

They should boycott the Winter Classic because it's a lame gimmick.

Period.

August 19, 2012  11:01 AM ET

If there is a lock out, I will boycott all of the KHL games. I won't watch a single one.

That should teach them.

August 19, 2012  11:17 AM ET

God I love hockey!

August 19, 2012  12:07 PM ET

The boycott will last 5 minutes and then the sheep will go back to purchasing tickets.

August 19, 2012  12:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

If there is a lock out, I will boycott all of the KHL games. I won't watch a single one. That should teach them.

Last lock out I saw a few "Baby Pens" games, and some NCAA games.


But once the lockout was over it was back to Mellon for "real" Pens Hockey.


This time, I'm going to stay mad for a while.

August 19, 2012  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

They should boycott the Winter Classic because it's a lame gimmick.Period.

Amen.

August 19, 2012  01:01 PM ET

Since it's the closest & best opportunity to ever see a Classic, I'll defer my boycott to next year's game.

August 19, 2012  01:49 PM ET

I'm reminded of baseball. There it was players' strikes rather than owners' lockouts, but the result was the same. The first time I went back to enjoying the game, including buying occasional tickets to the ballpark. The second time killed my long-standing interest in baseball.

I came back to hockey after the first lockout. But after the second . . . .

August 19, 2012  02:08 PM ET

If they know what's best for hockey the players and owners better settle this.

August 19, 2012  05:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

They should boycott the Winter Classic because it's a lame gimmick.Period.

Tell us how you really feel! ;-)

August 19, 2012  05:49 PM ET

It would be very cool if fans could stick together and boycott a number of games, just to get there message across but highly unlikely ..

 
August 19, 2012  06:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I will if you will.

They should but ........ they won't! Too many sheep around to make it work.

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