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    Default An #NHL Fans' Reaction to the #NFL Lockout

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    How should I react to an NFL lockout? Of course I am a NFL fan, but I am more of an NHL fan. Does this make a difference? Maybe. Think about it. The salaries in football are getting ridiculous considering they only play 16 games a season that matters in the standings. There are players that are making over $2 million or so a game. Is any one person that good at their trade? Do they deserve that much? I don't think so, but they are providing our entertainment and it does cost a lot to keep a team running, but should it cost us that much per game? The reason it has ballooned to these level is because of us. We payed the prices, we paved the way. Will I continue to support the Steelers? Of course. Why? Because they are one of the few honorable franchises left in the league. What will it do for hockey? Hopefully a ton.

    I love hockey, but I don't believe the sport gets enough respect in terms of overall toughness. I consider one NHL game equivalent to one NFL game. The difference is that the players in the NHL have to be in much better shape, and this is a constant thing. The NFL season has 17 weeks and 16 games. The NHL covers about 8 months and 82 games. that is over 4x as many games. The Penguins played 13 games in 28 days in February. The Steelers played 4 in December. In my opinion, that says a lot. There is constant hitting in the NHL, there is the constant cold, there is the minute to a minute and a half shifts totaling 20+ minutes in a game. NFL players may get a total of 30 minutes out of a 60 minute game, but they get a short break in between plays. The NHL players may only get 3-4 minutes in between shifts. I consider the NFL game and the NHL game on equal ground.

    In terms of money, the NFL has exploded in terms of money made. Take the rookie contract aspect. The rookies in the NHL have a set amount that they can make in the first few years, unlike the NFL, where the sky is the limit. I feel the NHL players have to earn their right by playing their due time in the AHL, a lower level professional league, this is something the NFL needs, but doesn't have. They are a league of teams where the NHL draws their players from when a player gets injured, trade, or something of the sort. The NFL banks on the fact that these players will stay healthy. This makes the players try even harder to play injured or causes the other teams' players to try to get an injury, subconsciously, out of their opponent. I don't want to hear that it doesn't happen, because we all know it is out there. This league makes players play smart and safer because they know they can take their time to heal before coming back in the game.

    The NFL's big threat is one player hitting another player at full speed or getting stepped on. The NHL has the same hitting issue, just at faster speeds. If an NHL player gets stepped on, there are razor sharp blades on each of their feet. You also have to look at the little, frozen puck they fire at a guy at a rate of 90-100 mph. Think about that.

    So, what is my point? Why am I sitting here ranting about how much tougher the NHL is? Because they did have a lockout a few seasons ago. They did fix the salary cap, the rulebook, and redesigned the game. Is it more exciting than before? Without a doubt. Is it faster than before? Without a doubt. Is it more financially acceptable? Without a doubt. So what is the NFL going to do with their lockout? Are they going to redesign the game so it is better for the fans, safer for the players, and cheaper on the pocketbook? I will tell you no. That isn't their goal. They are just trying to figure out how each individual owner, ownership group, and players can make more money out of the extreme budget they already have. Am I ok with this? Absolutely not.

    I want to see a better version of the same game. Where the salaries aren't too over the top, there is equality in the league, and it is safe so you know your players will make it through a whole season and also know that they can take their time to heal. I want, as a fan, to see an outcome similar to the NHL. I want excitement, I want speed, I want to know that a single player isn't making more money in a game that my city is in a year. I also want to see the NHL step it up in terms of broadcasting. I want to see the passion of the NFL fans bleed into the passion for the NHL. I want to see the NHL build off of this opportunity to grow in fan base. Yeah, the seasons do not overlap right now, but if the lockout extends to next season, it could be big. The NHL officials have plenty of time to figure things out and draw in people.

    This is just a fans' plea for something better. I want ESPN games, I want better exposure, I want everyone to realize that hockey is as great as I think it is. Good luck with that.

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    Default Re: An #NHL Fans' Reaction to the #NFL Lockout

    The bigger NFL fans could slam you for the 16 game schedule thing

    I agree in general that the NHL is the model economically for sports leagues. They are the last one to have a lockout but more importantly, they used that lockout and made sure they did everything right. They implemented a Salary Cap, Draft Cap, a fair revenue sharing model....

    But... while the NHL might have minor leagues for talent refills, The NFL also has a larger roster of players to pull from. There's no Center backup on an NHL roster, there's a backup on the NFL roster. NFL teams carry more players which = more cost and money. An NFL team carries double the amount at the Pro level not including the PRactice Squad.

    But I agree that the NFL should follow the NHL's model especially with regards to the Draft. I think MLB or hope MLB is going to follow the same suit
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    Default Re: An #NHL Fans' Reaction to the #NFL Lockout

    There is plenty of time for the owners to get it right. Currently tagged as the bad guys, they really need to repair their image and swing into damage control mode. I believe that because of this fact that something will get done before it blows up in their collective faces.
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    Default Re: An #NHL Fans' Reaction to the #NFL Lockout

    I am just getting frustrated with them. It like, sh** or get off the pot. You know? Realize that millions of people are financially affected by the lockout and millions of fans are just getting mad.

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