As a diehard New Jersey Devils fan from 1994, I have lived throughout not one but two lockouts — one of the lockouts securing Martin Brodeurs’ first cup in 1995. But that is not what this blog is about. As I peruse other blogs I came across this article –and as I read it, I was stunned.
The only thing, right now, the New Jersey Devils are offering is the opportunity to win season tickets. THAT IS IT. No giveaways, no bobbleheads, no banners, no incentives, NOTHING. That to me is down right wrong.
The New Jersey Devils have always had issues of drawing a crowd — dating back even in the days of the Meadowlands. You would think that after this lockout that giving the fans something to make them come back to Prudential Center would be at the forefront of their minds, but apparently it is not.
Then again, maybe I am jumping the gun and things will start to be offered soon. For myself I do not need an incentive to watch the Devils or to even go to a game as long as my schedule permits, but what about the casual fan? Or better yet, season ticket holders?
One such person, granted he is not a Devils fan, but one such hockey fan, named F.J. Corrigan, is a Washington Capitals fan who blogs at The Peerless Prognosticator.
It’s been hard to find any NHL fan that has decided that the lockout killed their dedication to the League. But apparently this guy is done with being a season ticket holder:
“When the NHL locked out its players, it locked out its fans, too. The difference between one and the other is that the players will be back. And even though I suppose most fans will be back, I won’t be, not as a season ticket holder. One might argue that I’m turning my back on the NHL, but the fact is the league turned its back on me and thousands of other fans when it decided to go down this road one more time. I’m sick, I’m tired, and I’m done.”
Only thing I know is the Devils better step up their game and give back something to the fans because if not, we are in for a lonely and unfilled arena in Newark and low ratings for games on the television.