My dearest friend Mishi got invited by Algonquin to the ice hockey game—-Ottawa Senators VS New Jersey Devils. Of course, I decided to go to the game with Mishi, as her plus one. Here is the ticket I got:
Even we both are not huge hockey fans, but we had never been to any hockey games before, so we were excited for days before the game. It was on Thurday, April 10th, we left school early, changed our red colored dresses, turned on our very loud music while driving to Kanata. We were surprised by the huge traffic on our way diving, and we knew these people are all going to the game.
When I first got in the statium, I couldn’t believe my eyes for the super-ecxited crowd. I didn’t even know there are so many people in Ottawa. This photo was taken before the game begins:
We were in the top level suite with all Algonquin people and we are served by nice dinner. Loved the chicken:
Here was the game begins and we were busy taking selfies:
We were all moved by the excitement and lively atmosphere. We screamed, laughed and danced for our Ottawa Senators. Of course, Ottawa Senators won the game as 2:1.
What really surprised me was they have all these sponsers and fans, it was like a complete community. What will happen if they really have a lockout? So I discussed this question with one of my hockey fan friend, here are some major impacts could happen if they lockout because of the negative economic.
To the teams, iManagers will suffer from lockouts since their salaries came from part of the revenues as well. For these professional players, managers and those who work for the team will lose their jobs. Many teams will struggle with their low finance status and having a hard time to maintain their training and morale.
To the sports, “According to Intuit (2012), an estimated $800 million revenues loss was caused by 1994 Major League Baseball lockouts and an estimated $3 billion revenue loss was caused by 2004 National Hockey League lockouts.” The lockout cost on the sport is magnified by many things besides the actual game matches, such as the revenues made by TV commercials, equipment production and more. “For example, there would not be any 1.7 million worth Super Bowl Ad or 2.7 billion licensed NBA product made if the cancellation of those games happened in 2011 (Ocean Media, 2011). ” The lockouts occurred in one sport will lead their audiences to participate in another sport and cause significant loss to itself on a large scale.
To The Sport Fans, economically speaking, sport fans benefit from lockout as they will save their money for buying tickets. However, there is another way to look at this issue. “In September 2012, the NHL began its lockout. Twitter sentiment toward the NHL and its players was just 12% positive (MediaMiser, 2013).” Fans became disappointed and upset about the lockouts, especially those loyal fans. They may easily bring their negativity with them day to day. The potential economic cost caused by these negativity emotions was imponderable.
To The Local Communitie, small businesses are usually the real victims from lockouts. “According to SportsNet (2012), because of the NHL lockouts in 2012, drinking establishments were being hit the hardest with falling nearly 35 percent and restaurants were taking a nearly 11 percent hit. Edmonton was facing the largest impact with business falling by 27 percent as a whole.” Besides that, thousands of people may lose their jobs in one city due to a professional game cancellation.
Anyways, we should look further and look beyond the salaries and contracts. Better to let the games keep playing. It was a really great game and thanks for Algonquin college and my friend Mishi for this opportunity!