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06-22-2011, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Fulton44 View Post
That says a lot about the NHL that they are supposed to be a major sport and are moving around their big New years day game because they are afraid to be up against the NFL. Maybe one day the NHL is going to wake up and realize that they are spot with a "cult" following. There are die-hard NHL fans who follow it no matter what, and people who don't give a crap about it, and not whole lot inbetween. The NHL continues to pandor to and worry about the "casual fan" or in attracting new fans when it just doesn't really work for them.
Food for thought, man: NBC is televising the game... and they have about 90% of the control over the Winter Classic (this has been established as fact). If you're talking about a prime time game (8 pm) then NBC cannot broadcast the Winter Classic against the NFL... because NBC will be broadcasting a NFL game (theoretically). If it's a day game you're talking about, why does NBC want to put its ratings against the NFL? On top of that, you have the complication (for NBC) of the game potentially being delayed like last year and creating a major conflict.

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