The voice of the fans: UnfollowNHLSept15

As the players are set to release their counter proposal to the owners offer last month, the focus is on greed. As I ranted on Sunday, there doesn’t appear to be any good reason why these negotiations are progressing in the manner that they are. Without rehashing the entire rant, both sides are to blame here. The owners are being unreasonable and fail to see that revenue sharing is the only answer to their problems. The players delayed their response by a month, and it can only be blamed on waiting for the owners to provide financials.

I don’t buy either side, and in the end it’s the fans that lose out.

We are the same fans who sat through a lockout-shortened 1994-1995 season. The same fans that lost an entire season in 2004-2005. And we are the same fans who are now facing another lockout in four weeks. Fans now have an answer in @UnfollowNHLSept15.

Caity Kauffman composed a great article yesterday about the origin of UnfollowNHLSept15. The masterminds behind the account are fellow Ranger fan Kerri, who tweets as @Gardenfaithfull, and Alexa from Chicago, who tweets as @QueenCrash. The premise behind the Twitter account is that if there is no CBA in place by September 15 –the date that the current CBA expires– that supporters of the movement unfollow all NHL and NHLPA associated accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.

As fans, we don’t have much to show our displeasure with the way things are going with the NHL. Fans will still go to games to see the game we love. We will still buy concessions at these games. We will still buy merchandise to support the teams we love. It would take unprecedented circumstances to prevent us from doing that.

The NHL prides itself on having a great social media presence, and some teams even allow bloggers to have press credentials. A mass unfollowing may not seem like much to those negotiating the CBA, but it at least sends a message that the fans can only take so much.

For more information on movement, you should reach out to Kerri and Alexa via their Twitter accounts.

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  • Was, is and always will be about the money. Without a clear deadline approaching, nothing happens but posturing. Both sides need each other but love to see the other sides sweat. In the end, we the fans lose.

  • Nothing will change in the NHL Untill Bettmen is gone. And we are to blame for him still being here. Because we go to the games. And while we are there. We chant, Devils suck, Renney Sucks, Torts Sucks, Sather Sucks, The reffs suck. And never do we place the blame on the one person who truyyl sucks. And thats Bettmen

    • Bettman couldn’t care less what we cheer about him at games. All that matters is that we’re at the game, giving him our money in the process.

  • We dont need to care about what he thinks. If the sport is embaresed by league wide chants of his name in such a way. And yes it would be picked up by everyone that this is going on. Then the owners would have no choice but to fire him.

    • It would take some time, but I agree with you. He needs to go. There have been potentially 3 lockouts under his 20 season reign as commissioner. There can’t be a lockout every time a CBA expires. The owners are morons, but he needs to go.

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