As the NHL & its players continue to talk (or not) -- apparently they were even seen in the same room at some point today -- and a $3.4 Billion biz becomes a $2 Billion biz (or less),
both sides should be concerned about the results of a poll conducted by CBC.
The complete results are here: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/opinion/nhl/survey-results.pdf
Some notes: 80% of respondents are either "angry" or "don't care"; 55% support neither side, with 1/4 backing the players and 1/6 behind the owners. 78% says they won't buy a ticket this season if they play and 85% won;t buy merchandise. 71% did say they would watch on TV.
While we know these polls aren't scientific, important to realize that since this is a CBC poll, most respondents were Canadian. One can only imagine how much worse the results would be for a US-commissioned poll.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick