For almost two months the National Hockey League has tortured its fans with its second lockout in less than a decade. As we all continue to wait for the owners and players to end their bickering, some fans seem to be just as happy about the work stoppage.
According to a recent article published by the Toronto Sun, Edmonton retailers have noticed an increase in sales of sex toys and lingerie among couples during the lockout. One location in south Edmonton noticed a 15 percent sales jump in October, and while the city’s beloved Oilers are off playing for different leagues across the globe, fans seem to be keeping busy during the fall months.
“We’d be gearing up for NHL hockey now but there’s nothing, so I guess we need to find some better ways to spend our time,” Vinay Morker, an Edmonton retailer, told the Sun. “When Oilers fans, mostly guys, have to break their routine of seeing every game, they have more time and there’s nothing better than spending it with your spouse or girlfriend.”
Another Edmonton store owner, Hal Rosenberg, said he’s also seen a jump in business. Although Rosenberg usually blames it on the cold weather, it might have more to do with the lack of ice hockey.
“I suppose that’s one of the other reasons it’s as busy as it is, there’s no hockey,” Rosenberg said.
Collective Bargaining Agreement talks between the NHL and the Players’ Association will get back under way early this week, with the players setting the agenda. The talks come just days after the two sides announced a two-week moratorium on negotiations, at which point the league would cancel games through December 16.
So if you think that everyone out there isn’t happy about the NHL lockout, think again – because plenty of people are finding ways around the lack of entertainment. But there are always repercussions from all that fun, which leaves us wondering if we might soon see a potential small lockout baby boom?
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