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#101 HadThomasVokounOnFortSt

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:43 PM

My as well just take the roof off arenas and play every game outdoor.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:48 PM

from business perspective, this is a great move. these games are sold out for whatever they ask for. I'd also say, tv rating would be as high as if it was only one or two games.

 

from fan perspective, this is a horrible move. for one reason jealousy.

 

however, if the league will keep doing it year after year, all benefits will water down.

 

Agreed.  I don't think anyone has a problem with the league making money.   More revenue, the cap goes up, that benefits the Wings.  But from a fan's perspective, it's about maintaining integrity while also making money.

 

Like putting advertisements on the players jerseys.  That would make the league a ton more money.  Is it going to change in any way how hockey in the NHL is played?  Absolutely not.  But I still hope they never do such a thing because even though the game is exactly the same, it cheapens it. 

 

The Winter Classic had integrity and by it's exclusivity of once a year it was a special event.  The amount of promotion, build up to the game, everything keyed in this one outdoor game.

 

Adding 5 other games certainly isn't the end of the world, but it took an incredibly unique event and basically turned it into 6 hockey games that are played outside.



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:50 PM

Way to ruin a good thing.  Bettman kills the goose that lays the golden egg.  

 

Don't like.   :nono:


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:36 PM

Aaaaaaaand its ruined.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:48 PM

I feel bad for the people of Atlanta. If they'd only hung in there a little longer...


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:02 PM

I remember seeing the Cold War at MSU back in the day.  What a great environment to see a game in.  It was damn cold outside and the atmosphere was electric.  Well worth seeing that game that is for sure.  I have been to the second cold war game at Michigan and that was a little less exciting.  Still, it was worth going to.

 

I am just fine with the NHL putting on 6 outdoor games a year.  Risky?  Yes.  The tickets will sell out though.  Just as they sold out for MSU vrs Michigan.  Just like they sold out for the Heritage Classic in Canada.  The novelty will always be there, and when it isn't, they will stop playing games outdoors.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:58 PM

I could see adding a second one, maybe.  But 5 more?  Part of the increased ratings for the Winter Classic is the New Year's Day time slot.  Now that there aren't any meaningful football games on, it fills a void for sports fans.  Other than the warm weather game, no real novelty to any of the other games in terms of dates or time or anything. 

 

One thing I don't get is that the impression was always given that planning the Winter Classic took so much time and planning and had that there was so much involved logistically.  Now they can just add 5 games in less than a year with no problems whatsoever?



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:18 AM

canucks and senators will be the Heritage Classic. should be a good game.

 

i wonder if the ducks and the kings for their outdoor game will wear those jerseys they wore in the mid 90s that failed miserably. lol

 

pens and hawks will be something unique. i just dont get why the NY Rangers get 2 within a couple days of each other.

 

 



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 03:19 AM

 

Agreed.  I don't think anyone has a problem with the league making money.   More revenue, the cap goes up, that benefits the Wings.  But from a fan's perspective, it's about maintaining integrity while also making money.

 

Like putting advertisements on the players jerseys.  That would make the league a ton more money.  Is it going to change in any way how hockey in the NHL is played?  Absolutely not.  But I still hope they never do such a thing because even though the game is exactly the same, it cheapens it. 

 

The Winter Classic had integrity and by it's exclusivity of once a year it was a special event.  The amount of promotion, build up to the game, everything keyed in this one outdoor game.

 

Adding 5 other games certainly isn't the end of the world, but it took an incredibly unique event and basically turned it into 6 hockey games that are played outside.

 

It also has an impact on the TOR/DRW game. Non hockeyfans will look at this game and be like "oh well there are 6 outdoor games and one of those is in a big stadium" they won't know that these teams are original 6 franchises with huge fanbases playing a "real" Winter Classic so they are also watering down "our" Winter Classic which is pissing me off beyond believe.

 

 

http://www.weatherwe...om/archives/796 so nice having a "Rollerblades Classic" scheduled ey NHL?


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:03 AM

 

...so they are also watering down "our" Winter Classic which is pissing me off beyond believe.

 

 

 

All throughout the lockout, I was wondering how Bettman was going to screw up this Winter Classic (and, in the process, create another Penguins Classic) and I guess I have my answer.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:14 AM

Wonder no more.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:19 AM

If the NHL is going to have more than one or two outdoor games a year, they should get serious about doing it right. Have 5 games a year (maybe New Years Day, then every Saturday night in January) and rotate the teams and venues so that each team plays outdoors once every 3 years, and each team gets an outdoor home game once every 6 years. Or (gulp) do 10 games each year so each team gets 2 every 3 years and a home outdoor game once every 3 years. Watching your favorite teams outdoors on TV would still be noteworthy events, and a chance to attend an outdoor home game only once every 3 or 6 years would still be a special opportunity. If I knew every Saturday night during the core winter months of hockey season I could tune in and watch an outdoor game (the only one either of those teams will play that year, and the only time at that venue for 3 to 6 years - or ever, if a city moves their outdoor venue around) -- That would be cool.



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:30 AM

I'm with the general consensus around here.  This game was special.  Once a year we have the Winter Classic in the US and the Heritage Classic in Canada.  It was a 1 game special event on January 1st that was the best possbile way you could ring in the new year and now it's just another outdoor game.  Adding 5 more games may be good for revenue, but it takes away the glamour.  And 2 for the Rangers?  Come on already.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 12:10 PM

Games played thus far...

Heritage Classic: 2003, 2011

Winter Classic: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:15 PM

Senators and Canucks should've been the only other outdoor game next year.


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:42 PM

Surprised if Boston doesn't get one now, too



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:58 PM

canucks and senators will be the Heritage Classic. should be a good game.

 

i wonder if the ducks and the kings for their outdoor game will wear those jerseys they wore in the mid 90s that failed miserably. lol

 

pens and hawks will be something unique. i just dont get why the NY Rangers get 2 within a couple days of each other.

 

 

 

Rangers get 2 games because they will be held around the same time period as the Super Bowl is held in New York/New Jersey.



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:38 PM

I was in favor of two-three games not sure how I feel about 6 but it's a cash cow and spotlight and more than 8-10 good or big teams deserve to have it

 
Rangers get 2 games because they will be held around the same time period as the Super Bowl is held in New York/New Jersey.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 10:25 AM

It's really not  surprising when ya consider the amount of $$$ the WC can generate.

 

Too bad it's all about $$$ these days, and nothing else.



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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:50 PM

Just imagine how much money the league would make if they had multiple Stanley Cup final series.  Every region gets one!


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