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01-05-2013, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Melrose Munch View Post
NJ should have brought a large audience IMO. NHL knows the writing is on the wall and NBC will keep playing the big markets during the regular season. No west coast Winter classics
NJ's attendance is bad considering their market size and success over the last 10 years. I'm not all that impressed with their fan base in general.

NBC, outside of the Original Six, Philly and Pittsburgh, plays the teams who are actually winning. (Makes sense right?) LA came up pretty quickly over the last three years. Went from tank team to bottom end playoff team to Cup champs. Unfortunately they got little exposure over that time.

I could see an LA/SJ Classic doing decent numbers, but unfortunately that probably wont be seen for a long time. Next Western Classic will likely involve some combination of Chicago/STL/Minnesota.

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