July 15, 2005

Dump and Chase


From the Monterey Herald: Fans will be slower to forgive than in other instances by John Devine:

Now comes the hard part.

How does the National Hockey League get its fan base back?

How does a sport that had fallen behind horse racing and poker in television ratings before this labor impasse, get anyone outside of Canada and the snow belt to care?

An agreement in principle on a new six-year labor deal was reached Wednesday after a 10-month lockout had brought about the cancellation of the entire season.

Yet, when hockey disappeared no one blinked an eye. The ice melted and no one noticed. Instead of mourning the loss, fans just moaned.

Was it really gone for more than a year?

UPDATE July 18: This cartoon appears in today's Detroit News and National Post.

Posted by Forkum at July 15, 2005 03:37 PM