The league and its owners will be to blame if the NHL has a work stoppage before the scheduled start of the 2012-2013 season, according to a QMI Agency poll conducted this week.
Of the more than 6,000 online readers who weighed in on the looming NHL lockout, 62% said the league’s owners were at fault for the current mess the NHL finds itself in.
“This league is an outright disgrace,” reads one online reader’s remarks. “I thought the last lockout was bad for hockey and here we are yet again in the same position. I really hope people stay away from hockey this time, when it’s all about money, does anyone really care about the fans?”
While most fans continue to point the finger at league commissioner Gary Bettman – close to 200 readers submitted online write-in votes blaming the NHL’s top boss – ahead of what could be the second work stoppage in less than 10 years, 25% blamed the NHLPA for the current situation.
“Who cares (if) the millionaires ever play again? Real hockey will be played,” wrote another online reader. “It does not have to be the NHL. Junior hockey is far more entertaining than the NHL.”
Close to 350 readers submitted write-in votes blaming both sides for a failure to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement.
“The NHL does pay the players way too much,” a reader wrote. “And the executives get paid way too much. And the employees get paid way too much. And Bettman gets paid way too much.”
Sun readers across Canada will follow North America’s other major leagues if the NHL season fails to start on time.
When asked what league readers would follow more closely in place of the NHL this fall, 57% listed the NFL as their top choice.
The CFL (21%) finished a distant second ahead of the MLB (10%), NBA (8%) and MLS (4%).