Vulgar Opinions: Teams Don’t Have To Do Jack For Us, And You Shouldn’t Be Demanding It
This post is in response to the Queen City Sports opinion piece “Sabres Need To Do More For Their Fans” by Michael Straw.
I’m going to make this brief.
NHL franchises have been launching efforts to appease fan anger in the wake of the ugly lockout, although you’d think there’s less than 0 anger when you hear reports of 6,000+ in St. Louis, Tampa Bay, and Winnipeg to watch pre-training camp practices. With each endeavor, teams are seemingly one-upping the last. On the charity side of things, the Kings have won the Stanley Cup of altruism by giving $1M to Los Angeles-area charities. On the reparation side of things, the Stars have made it free for 12-and-under patrons to attend games through the months of January and February with the purchase of a ticket. Other teams such as Pittsburgh and Ottawa are offering concession vouchers, while the Sabres and Canadiens are offering deep discounts on merchandise at their team stores. In Nashville and Ottawa, multi-pronged deals have been offered for opening night including BOGO deals and marked-down prices in the arena on things.
These gestures are nice, but wholly unnecessary. The lockout was a battle between the NHL and the NHLPA on the business side of things, yet fans seem to think that these teams ~owe~ them something. That stoppage had nothing to do with you, fans. It had to do with the livelihoods of hundreds of working men, especially regarding pensions in an era when we’re finding out professional sports are destroying our bodies at a more alarming rate and health care costs for athletes are skyrocketing after retirement. Sabres fans are demanding free snacks (which is impossible since the Sabres contract out concession services to Delaware North Co, and it is lockout villain Jeremy Jacobs’ company’s job to set prices), free tickets, free Center Ice (which is also impossible, since the cable providers have a big hand in the C.I. pie and they’re in no way going to cough up that revenue stream. It will, however, be offered for four payments of $14.99), and more. They’re saying a 50% off all merchandise sale for the week of training camp and the first game of the season isn’t enough. I’m sure there are other fanbases complaining but I’m a Buffalo guy and I write about the Sabres, so that fanbase is getting my attention.
Weren’t you people ever taught by your parents not to demand gifts, nor to complain about the gifts you were given? You all sound like a bunch of petulant, entitled children. Damn.