There has been a lot of discussion on the Rink and elsewhere about the potential impacts from a fully canceled season. The existing lockout has already seriously dampened my enthusiasm for the NHL and hockey in general, but the loss of another entire season just might push me over the brink. I've had season tickets since 2007 and, were they not a gift and therefore of sentimental value, I'd have already canceled them and taken my money back. The NHL and its constituent owners simply do not deserve my money. I cringe at the idea that I'm paying them to hold my love of hockey hostage so that they can extract a few more percentage points of revenue.
With that being said, I'm still on the fence about fully canceling my tickets. Mostly it's for sentimental reasons. Also, I'm wondering if the Caps will substantially discount tickets for people who hold-over through the lockout. I'm thinking something on the order of 25-35% off of my current ticket prices and other perks. That might get me to stay. I don't like making rash decisions in a fit of pique. But I'm so frustrated by the state of the NHL and I have so many other things in my life that probably deserve my discretionary dollar more than the Monumental Sports and Entertainment.
Most of all, this lockout has taught me that I don't really need hockey 24/7/365. I can go to a five to ten games a year, watch a few on TV, and pay more attention during the playoffs and I'll probably be good. Previously, the NHL Draft used to be "must-watch TV" for me, if that's any indication of how far hockey has fallen in my list of life's priorities. But enough about me. . . I made this poll because I'm legitimately curious what other folks plan to do if the NHL cancels the entire 2012-2013 season. Sound off in the comments about your choice and why you made it. Also let me know if you'd like me to add more options.
As a Caps fan, season ticket holder, or ticket-package buyer how would the cancelation of an entire season affect your status for the following year?
No change - just bring back hockey! (24 votes)
I might go to fewer games or sell more of my tickets. (25 votes)
I'm canceling my season tickets/ticket package. The NHL doesn't deserve my money. (16 votes)
I'm on the waiting list, but I'm not sure I'd buy season tickets now. (5 votes)
I'd hold onto my season tickets/ticket package, but only if the Caps offer a significant discount (greater than 20% or so) for 2013-2014 (10 votes)
I've been on the waiting list for years - I hope people cancel so I can finally get some seats. (1 vote)
81 total votes