I remember in the 90s the teams were locked out and the players went on strike. The teams seemed to alienate quite a few fans. Do you think the sport has finally recovered the lost fan base or did some fans leave the sport permanently?
I think they have recovered some of their fan base, but I do not think it all came back. I mean the stadiums are still empty in most cities when they were full when the strike happened. So this can easily show what kind of impact the strike had at decreasing fan levels.