Website asks fans to boycott companies involved with NHL
It's a very tough year for NHL fans going into the 2012-2013 season with the fourth lockout in 20 years.
A website aims to get things going again, by asking fans to boycott companies involved with NHL team owners.
"There's 30 teams full of owners that have all these other companies, so we're going to boycott those until they drop the pucks," said TJ Tully, creator of www.youhavetwoweeks.com.
"We have a list sorted under the boycotts tab by industry, or you can go to the teams tab and it breaks it down by teams and each owner."
Tully, along with his friends and people e-mailing into the site, are keeping the list as updated and correct as possible.
"I think it can make a difference, because history repeats itself and it has happened before," said Tully, referring to when the WHA and NHL were in merger talks in the late '70s, which brought the Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers and Quebec Nordiques into the NHL.
The first vote ended up being short by one team, but a boycott was started up in Winnipeg which then spread across Canada.
"The next vote came back 13 to three and all four of those teams got into the NHL," said Tully.
According to Tully it's not the owners or players that have control over what happens... it's the fans.
"We're the ones that control all the money, not just in the NHL, but the whole economy of all of their companies," he said. "If they make their entire customer base mad, they're going to have to deal with the consequences of that."
Tully believes that even if there is only a small chance that this idea could work, it's worth giving it a shot to bring hockey back.
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