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Second lockout will cost NHL fans

A second lockout in eight years may kill any growing fan base the NHL was getting because when billionaires cry broke because millionaires are being overpaid it turns the common man from markets without a team of their own away.

I’m a sports guy, I know what going on is just about any sport you put in front of me, even rugby and cricket or how a sport like surfing is scored but I’m not a machine and it is nearly impossible to full commit yourself to following every single sport at a micro-level.

Hockey is one of those sports that I don’t really at all follow fully. I know who the good players are, I watch an occasional game and know what is going on and how the game works but as far as which teams are really good and who some great second-tier players are I’m fairly clueless, I’ll admit it.

Growing up in Baltimore hockey is just not a sport that many people really follow; there is no local team and it is not like there is even a big college team that people follow like how the Maryland Terrapins serve as a substitute for an NBA team. We had the Baltimore Bandits for about a day, but that ended fast. There just wasn’t much to follow when I was growing up when it came to hockey so it was just never something I paid much attention two.

But this year I was really looking forward to following hockey a lot closer. I didn’t realize how many of my friends are huge hockey fans until last year when the Washington Capitals were in the playoffs against the Rangers. I paid a lot of attention to hockey in the playoffs last year and I decided that this would be the year that I really followed the sport rather than just being a very casual fan.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem like it is going to happen. Hockey has been a sport growing and growing since their last lockout, getting more fans in more areas without teams. Baltimore is one place in particular where people are starting to pay attention to their most local team, the Capitals.

Now we’re in this lockout and there is no hockey. I’m sure I will pay more attention to hockey coming out of the lockout, almost like it is just a fresh start, a restart almost. But many casual fans in places without teams might not come back as their attention for maybe an entire year is focused toward something else, maybe basketball, baseball or even soccer, which was been threatening the hockey as the fourth most popular sport in America since David Beckham and Landon Donovan teamed up for the LA Galaxy.

This lockout is no different at all from what we all saw in the NFL and NBA last year, except it is happening so soon after a lost season less than a decade ago. It is a bunch of billionaires playing chicken with millionaires and the millionaires have no real leverage and the billionaires are mostly at fault for the situation because they have had no restraint and never hesitate to give out bigger and bigger contracts that they just can’t really afford and when casual fans see an entire league have lockout only eight years after another one, it gives the impression that the league itself does not even care about their sport so why should the hard-working common man?

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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