September 17th, 2012, 09:09 AM #21
I would like to see the fans not purchase any of the NHL merchandise this year. If the season does start, dont purchase any merchandise, just enjoy the game. We don't need any of the NHL merchandise, just think how much money you would have if you did not buy any of these items. Try it for one year. It may make a difference. Buy the tickets but no merchandise, your kids will not be upset and if you are an adult without kids it is that much easier. Take a stand. Remember a need is different than a want. Do it!!!!
Originally Posted by mitchrock
September 17th, 2012, 09:23 AM #22
With NBC's big investment in the league sponsorship it looks like they maybe able to put some serious leverage on the owners.
NHL lockout hurts fledgling NBC Sports Network
How about we, fans, address the sponsors?
September 17th, 2012, 09:48 AM #23
Would be more effective than protesting in Vegas.
Originally Posted by MRD
September 17th, 2012, 01:26 PM #24
With some NHL owners it is easy to check what businesses they own. With others it's not going to be so easy. For every owner like Anschutz, where it's easy to identify most of what he owns, you'll have someone like Samuelli. Are you going to take apart every electronic item you own or might buy to see if there are Broadcom parts in it? Even then, owners like Anschutz have their hands in so many things that it would be hard to identify everything they own or are involved with. Anschutz is the largest shareholder in Southern Pacific Railroad for an example. You're never going to be able to find out what items might have been shipped on their trains. Anschutz owns part of the Lakers. If you're a Lakers fan, are you going to boycott them too?
Originally Posted by aaron
And tell the sponsors what exactly?
Originally Posted by MRD
A boycott of sponsors isn't practical because of the sheer number of them. If you're talking about boycotting sponsors at the league level, that means companies like Verizon or Comcast. In some areas, Comcast is your only choice for cable/internet. People aren't going to go without the internet to send a message to the NHL. We installed FiOS during the playoffs and had to sign a 2 year contract to get a rebate deal. I'm not going to cancel my phone, internet, tv provider and pay an early termination fee to send a message to the NHL. Discover's a big sponsor. Not everyone has one of their credit cards but if you do, are you ready to take a potential hit on your credit report by closing your account because they sponsor the NHL?
Then there are sponsors on the team level. For every sponsor it might be easy to boycott like Farmer John, McDonald's (no more McFlurry's for Adgy), Carl's Jr, Pizza Hut, San Manuel, there are some that are going to be impossible or expensive to boycott. I drive a Toyota. They've been huge sponsors of the Kings for years. Am I supposed to get rid of my car? Stop driving it? How am I going to get to work? I'm not cancelling my AAA membership because they provide services I use. If you bank at Wells Fargo are you going to switch banks since they're the "Official Banking Partner" of the Kings? American Express advertises at Staples Center. Going to cancel that credit card as well? If your insurance is through Mercury, are you looking for a new insurance company?
September 17th, 2012, 01:29 PM #25
Who is the largest sponsor for the NHL?
September 17th, 2012, 02:15 PM #26
I think it would be fair to say that with a $2 Billion / 10 year contract, that would be NBC.
Originally Posted by Ice24
If I remember right the NHL gets paid no matter what, but any locked out games get tagged onto the end of the contract.
September 17th, 2012, 02:32 PM #27
I've been boycotting the Lakers my whole life. It's really quite easy!
Originally Posted by Dana
I completely agree. I also think that boycotting the sponsors is simply too far removed to have any effect. Even if someone is willing, for example, to close a Wells Fargo account, what exactly are you going to do to convey the reason why you're doing it? If you tell the accout rep at a local branch that you're doing it because WFB is the Kings' "official banking partner," I suspect the only thing that would happen would be that you'd get kind of a funny "huh?" look. Or maybe write to corporate headquarters. You'll get a "thank you for your concern letter" and maybe some sort of incentive offer to re-open the account, but what is WFB to do? Holy s**t!!! Joe Bob Kingsfan just closed his checking account that had an average daily balance of $200 bucks!! Quick! Get Phil Anschutz on the phone and tell him to get that damn lockout settled!!
Originally Posted by Dana
This sort of stuff reminds me of the gas boycotts: "Hey...let's not buy gas on Tuesday! That'll show those oil company bastards! Of course, we'll have to buy our gas on Monday or Wednesday instead, but I'm sure they'll get the message. . . ."
Unless someone who is a huge hockey fan happens to hold the key to some big time contract that some sponsor really wants, there's no point in focusing on the sponsors.
September 18th, 2012, 12:27 AM #28
Or that video the players apparently put out.
Originally Posted by darby
September 18th, 2012, 05:49 PM #29
Please boycott all NHL jerseys so they put them on a huge discount! Then I can afford to buy one, or four.
September 18th, 2012, 08:28 PM #30
Occupy Las Vegas