If professional hockey in North America ended today, who would really care?
Let's be honest. There are four major sports now. Football, baseball, basketball and auto racing. Hockey is a distant fifth, if that.
If the people running the NHL think that they can cancel another season and treat everyone to months and months of nonsense, they are sadly mistaken. I predict that if this an extended lockout, the damage to hockey will be severe. Numerous franchises might disappear.
And, again. Few, if any, will care. You have great followings in a lot of cities. But you can only piss people off so much and then, that's it. They'll vote with their feet and stay away. I mean--can you even get hockey on TV without paying for it anymore? Come on.