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Yup, there are fans protesting the lockout in New York City

Sep 15, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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With fans on the verge of dealing with the third NHL lockout since 1994, some are just about fed up. Case in point, the group of fans outside the NHL Store in Manhattan located near the league’s headquarters.’s Tim Panaccio snapped a couple pictures of Rangers and Devils fans living harmoniously together on the streets of New York united against the league shutting its doors once again. One fan in particular isn’t too pleased with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s record when it comes to labor unrest.

While the protest was small in number of those participating, it shows that some fans are tired of going through this routine every few years. This likely won’t be the last time we hear of something like this going down.

If anything it reaffirms what Bettman said weeks ago about the game being able to bounce back after the 2004-05 lockout because, “we have the greatest fans in the world.” When fans stop voicing their displeasure, that’s when the league has to start worrying.

  1. ducksk - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Owners, players = greed in its ugliest form. I am really pissed at all of them. Wish they could spend the day in the avg. Joe’s fan hockey shoes, and live the life we do. We love the game and ultimately are the ones who support all of them. If you buy a jersey or any NHL anything you are as big as idiot as them. Where can the fans make a stand. By not supporting any of it. Screw all of
    The SOB’s! I don’t care who side u are on. I’m with the fans.

    • millertime30 - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      indeed. wish season ticket holders would have refused to renew this year. everyone’s seen the lockout coming for ages.. and that would be a method of protest that could actually make a difference.. unlike these folks and their signs..

  2. firemarshal1 - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    No Fans equals NO REVENUE, which means no salaries. Who wins, NO ONE. Oh wait, the fans WIN, we save our hard earned money. Hmm, just saying.

    • mpg44 - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Damn right!! As of midnight tonight the very 3.3 billion in revenue they are fighting over ceases to exist!!

  3. cspringsavaholic - Sep 15, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I was a season ticket holder for the Avalanche and I am miserable when hockey is done, I opted to not renew my season tickets simply due to the fact that I was worried there wasn’t going to be a season and now I am thankful I didn’t renew. This is the best way any NHL fans can voice their displeasure. This hurts the NHL in the pocket books!

  4. t16rich - Sep 15, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Lakefront homes aren’t cheap. I see the greedy millionaires folding before the greedy billionaires. Everything the players are fighting for will be lost in the event of a strike. And same goes for everything the owners think they’ve helped build. This strike will only drop the league value and revenue, leaving no one as a winner in the battle for revenue. If they think they will not lose fans, then they are stupid. Both sides suck, I don’t care what anyone says. It’s good to see that loyal hockey fans are still awesome though.

  5. icyirish - Sep 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM


  6. jimw81 - Sep 15, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Love sesame st reference. 1 lockout, 2 lockout, 3 lockout ahhhh!

  7. gettingpwned - Sep 15, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    so, bettman has his THIRD lockout… yet is still commissioner? how the hell does that make any sense? the only way it makes sense is if they’re fudging the numbers and aren’t losing as much as they claim to be. and i really can’t see how they’re losing as much as they say they are.
    i’d love to see ONE owner open the books in ANY pro sport. they’re all crooks.

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