Over the summer, the labor situation was hanging around like an unwanted and uninvited guest... It may have seemed like a pessimistic function at the time, but we posted a poll here at Raw Charge How optimistic fans were that there would be a 2012-13 season.
Of the 102 respondents, 64 had an optimistic outlook to one extent or another. You can view the full results here. That poll closed on August 1st... A good bit of time in the past.
On August 23rd, we opened a new poll here on Raw Charge that asked a more pessimistic question - how much time would be lost because of a work stoppage? The optimism from a month earlier faded away in the poll results. Of the 273 respondents - a far larger sample with thanks to more web traffic - the numbers showed a weary fan group. 161 voters - almost half - expected the league's lockout to last either months or cost the entirety o the 2012-13 season. You can view the full results here.
Neither of these polls are scientific, and the sample sizes are skewerd - one much larger than the other... It's still interesting to see how hope faded as the summer wore on.