The National Hockey League is in the midst of a labor dispute. The owners have “locked out” the players while both sides “try” to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.
The league had already cancelled all games through the end of November as well as their new “Winter Classic” that is held on January 1st and was slated to be held in “The Big House” – Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor outside of Detroit. Today, they cancelled another several weeks of games through December 14th (34.3% of the season) and they also decided to cancel the All Star Game which would have been played here in Columbus and hosted by my hometown team, The Columbus Blue Jackets.
Here was my thoughts about the situation that I shared on Facebook:
Sadly we just received notice that the NHL has officially cancelled the 2013 All Star Game which was to be played her in Columbus and hosted by the Blue Jackets.I have been a season ticket holder (with several other partners) since the team came to town and have thoroughly enjoyed attending games and supporting the team through thick and thin (trust me, it was mostly thin). We endured one lost season due to a labor lockout a few years ago and I really felt that the players and owners might be able to agree on how to share the millions of dollars they are quibbling over quicker this time.Alas, it doesn’t appear that their egos will allow themselves to make an agreement that works for both sides so fans, employees and local business owners and workers in towns and communities all around the league will suffer.
The All Star Game was going to be held on my daughter Riley’s birthday and I was really looking forward to a special weekend with her. She took a liking to the game of hockey or maybe she just enjoyed spending some time with her Dad? Either way, we have really become good “hockey watching” buddies.
Well NHL, as the old saying goes, “Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” I’m done purchasing season tickets.
Sure, I’ll attend future games and am certainly proud that my company continues to be the official real estate partner of the team and has a great relationship with many of the hard-working employees of the local club. A night down in the Arena District and at Nationwide Arena is a great experience, one that I hope many people will get to take advantage of again soon.
It’s just a sad realization that the sport on the ice (or television screen) isn’t as important as the business that runs it.
Carry the Flag, Jackets fans. Carry the Flag!