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Lockdown Day #6- What Can Fans Do?

By Keith Schultz

Feb. 9, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (left), Nicklas Lidstrom (5), center Henrik Zetterberg (40), center Pavel Datsyuk (13), and goalie Jimmy Howard (right) pose for a photo with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (third from left) during a press conference for the 2013 Winter Classic between Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

So you are sitting at home figuring out your fantasy football lineup for this week, but still getting upset about the hockey lockout what are you to do? Luckily this is 2012 and unlike the last hockey lockout of 2004-2005 when a little thing called social media was just in its infant stages and not the major player it is today.

Hockey fans need to flock to their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts and show the brain trusts of both the NHL and NHLPA that they are not happy with the situation and that they need to get back to serious negotiations.  The lockout is six days old and there still hasn’t been any negotiations, and the only communications has been some behind the scenes phone calls.

Fans have already started their campaigns on Twitter.  Gary Bettman had to shut down his personal  account due to the amount of negative feedback on his account.  The fans can win this time because Twitter didn’t exist in 2004, and the NHL is losing this battle on this front daily.  Twitter has changed a lot about sports.  It’s easier to get updates about games by following beat writers or instant updates about any current event.  Get to your accounts and help change the course of this lockout by turning the heat on both the owners and the NHLPA.

Both sides of this lockout need to know the fans are upset, and regular people that work for these organizations are starting or will be starting to feel it in their paychecks.  Twitter and Facebook can be the vehicle that drives this lockout to an ending so that great events like opening night, Winter Classic, and the Stanley Cup playoffs are not missed.  Blow up someones account today and help get this negotiation ball rolling!!