When it was first announced that the NHL had agreed on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement there were three obvious questions asked by a lot of people:
- When will training camps open?
- When will the season start?
- What will the league do for the fans?
Well the answers to the first two questions came rather quickly. What hasn’t been fully answered yet is just what exactly are the teams and the league going to do for the fans.
While the league itself hasn’t announced what they’re doing as a whole *cough*Free Center Ice*Cough*, individual teams are starting to announce plans for fan appreciations. The Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadians announced sales on merchandise of 50% and 25%, respectively. The Tampa Bay Lightning have made a very limited number of season ticket packages available for $200. The only issue is, the seats aren’t in the most ideal of locations. And the Pittsburgh Penguins are offering vouchers for free concessions and 50% off merchandise for the team’s first four home games.
Then it gets to the Nashville Predators. Instead of offering extreme discounts on merchandise, they are giving fans a chance to attend a game for free. The deal was announced as follows:
- Buy a ticket to Nashville’s opening-night game
- You get a free ticket to the Predators second home game
- Fans will receive 50% off all soda and certain draft beers for both games
- Hotdogs will be $1 for the second game
The simple fact that they are giving fans a chance to attend a game for free makes this head and shoulders above any other “We’re Sorry” promotion going on by the league right now.
Team’s are on the right track in apologizing to the fans for the stupidity of the lockout. However, there is still a long way to go to making fans forgive the league for an unneeded work stoppage.