Found December 17, 2012 on
Hockey players are treated like GOD. No matter what venue they want to attend the doors are usually wide open receiving first class treatment. However, as the lockout continues it has started to frustrate owners in the bar & restaurant industry who rely on the NHL to generate a large portion of their revenue. So when Toronto Maple Leafs player Joffrey Lupul attempted to attend one of his favorites places in Toronto Real Sports he found out that he was denied reservations due to the lockout. Lupul was not happy about the news and decided to voice his opinion via twitter ripping the restaurant since they are owned by MLSE which is the same company that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs:In principle I agree with a restaurant/bar owner denying an NHL player the right to reservations. If they do rely on hockey being played for revenue why should they give those players the preferential treatment they are used to? Teach them a lesson. Even if you think the owners are majority at fault for the lockout which seems to be the case with a majority of the public you cannot deny that whichever side you are on the others still should take some blame.However I don’t blame Lupul for being angry at this specific restaurant since they are owned by the same employer he has. After all if they are making money off his back which of course the most valuable franchise in the NHL is they could at least allow him to eat their restaurant. It’s not like he was asking to get comped or a free meal. If he was going to legitimately pay he should be treated like any other customer. I love how he specifically pointed out how they make $300 off the jersey sales.Like I said any other restaurant pulling off this stunt to prove a point and send the message to both parties that fans cannot be taken for granted I understand and agree with. But, what Real Sports has done really is a complete contradiction due to the conflict of interest as MLSE owning both the restaurant and Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Maple Leafs player Joffrey Lupul wanted to dine at a restaurant located next to Toronto's Air Canada Centre but was denied a reservation due to the lockout.
Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul vented his frustration over Twitter on Sunday after being denied reservations at a Toronto restaurant because of the NHL lockout.
Lupul was apparently trying to dine at Real Sports, which the National Post describes as a “popular team-created establishment next to the Air Canada Centre.” The restaurant is owned by Maple Leaf Sports and...
.@realsports is not allowed to take reservations from Leafs players during the lockout but will continue selling our jerseys for $300 a pop
— Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) December 16, 2012
Real Sports Bar & Grill is owned by MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd)
In hindsight twitter was probably not the right place to voice my displeasure...
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