Tampa Bay Lightning fans plan 2nd lockout protest
A group of dedicated Tampa Bay Lightning fans is planning to protest the NHL lockout with a gathering at 6 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 13) at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the day the Lightning was scheduled to open its season at Florida. It is the second such protest by the group. The first in September drew 17 fans.
Seffner's Jay Tregler, 39, a Lightning season-ticket holder since 1996 who organized the first protest, is hoping for a larger turnout as fan anger has increased since the league canceled the first two weeks of the season. He also has had more time to get out the word on Facebook at facebook.com/events/346638502095341.
Tregler said he understands how little fans at this point can affect the labor strife as the owners and players try to divide $3.3 billion in revenues. Even so, "We just want to show somebody does care about it," he said.
After the protest, the group plans dinner at the nearby Channelside district, which already is struggling and certainly will miss Lightning game-day business.
"We just want to voice our displeasure (with the lockout) and support the Channelside district a little bit," Tregler said.