Get off the people’s dole

(Heat president) Ryan Walter may have a “tough” job ahead of him, not unlike “leading a horse to water and trying to make it drink.”

(Heat president) Ryan Walter may have a “tough” job ahead of him, not unlike “leading a horse to water and trying to make it drink.”

He says it’s up to us to try to figure this community out. What’s to figure out? Not everyone is interested in hockey, or at least profesional hockey. It’s a business that generates big bucks and should stand on its own two feet without taxpayers coughing up their cash to cover any shortfall.

This dumb contract should be repealed. Any shortfall should be covered by the NHL players, who are the ones who will benefit in the end.

A  $1.1-million shortfall for 2011/12 does not need any figuring out and it’s time to throw in the towel as far as public monies being shovelled at the Heat.

Crowd attendance as low as 1,360 for the season finale paints a grave picture for sure.

I just think there is too much hockey with NHL, AHL, WHL and a smattering of other less known teams. There is not enough “pasture” out there to feed all these teams.

Yes, the attendance numbers are tough as Ryan states, and it will take more than a summer to figure it out, if it is at all possible.

Ryan thinks that all one million people in this beautiful Valley should be Heat fans. Just because his life is centred around hockey does not mean everyone should be.

I have nothing against hockey as a sport, but I do not think that my wife and I should have our tax dollars supporting the Heat.

I would say Ryan has a long, long way to go to finally get off the people’s dole.

 

Joseph Mrak

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