We all know what the NHL lockout is about for the league and the players – money.
What some forget, however, are the businesses in the areas around the 30 NHL arenas that rely heavily on games to keep their doors open.
This video from CNN.com sheds a little light on the impact of the lockout in Newark:
I’m going to go ahead and guess that the situation is likely the same around most, if not all, NHL arenas.
I haven’t “liked” a single “END TEH LOCKOUT NOWWW” Facebook page or followed a single “FANS FOR NO LOCKOUT GRRR!” Twitter account. Let’s face it… they were created to give people a sense of importance in a situation where they have zero input. They are doing absolutely nothing to end the lockout. Not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t, just like the rest of us.
What we can do is help support the businesses that rely on hockey to stay afloat.
I own a small business. It’s down the block from a school, and I rely heavily on the school to keep me open. I know what it’s like when summer comes around, but I also know when the kids and teachers will be back. I can plan ahead.
The owners of these businesses have no idea what is in store for them. Hockey may be back in a month or so, or it may not be back at all this season.
In reality, there are quite a few places that you’ve enjoyed in the past that will not be there when (or if) you return to those areas around NHL arenas.
I’m planning something to help (even if it’s for one night, in a small way) the businesses in Newark.
I’m thinking of doing a mini-bar crawl type event.
Hit up five, maybe six places that most of us frequent before/after games. Maybe 20 minutes at each place. If the group is large enough, that would certainly be a boost to their bottom line… at least for one night.
Maybe we can turn it into something a bit larger – maybe a viewing party of some sort to end the night. We can watch a game from the past while enjoying a drink or six.
If we hit up a half a dozen places or so, it would be a great way to show that we appreciate those establishments, while also showing that we are aware of who is being hurt the most in this.
I’m looking at possibly the first weekend in November – Friday the 2nd or Saturday the 3rd. Nothing is set in stone, but this would give us a few weeks to set everything up … and make sure certain places would actually be open!
Please share any/all ideas with me as I move forward and work out some details.
I’ll update with more information as I get things ironed out.
If you’re in another NHL city, maybe we can all coordinate and have something on the same night. A “NHL Fans Night Out” of some sort.
The NHL and NHLPA have their agendas. No Facebook page or Twitter account is going to change that.
We, as fans, can at least show the people being hurt the most that we stand with them, and actually DO something about it.
Even if it doesn’t help a struggling business as much as it needs to, we can at least enjoy some hockey talk while doing our little part.
And it’ll still be cheaper than going to a game.