Game 42: Blues vs. Vancouver – Jaskin you shall receive
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04-17-2013, 12:33 PM
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Rustles my jimmies not having a game at Busch Stadium. I'm almost positive regardless if people are hockey fans, if it is held at Busch Stadium, Cards fans will fill the seats.
I have a bigger issue with the Blues not being in it at all. I'd love it to be at Busch Stadium, but I'd be okay with playing at Target Field, Soldier Field, or the Big House.
I think it is absurd that some teams are in their second or third outdoor game while many teams haven't had one.
It is an example of the NHL being extremely short-sighted. In the Winter Classic, they have an excellent chance to grow the game. Instead, they throw out teams that people already know and follow. The novelty of the outdoor games was, and likely still is, enough to draw fans no matter who is playing. Instead of helping newer or struggling franchises grow and put down roots, they NHL is only focused on the profits from that day.
The NHL has an opportunity here to help teams like Colombus become more financially stable and expand their fan-base. Such an action would be good for the long-term stability of the league, both financially and franchise movement.
Instead of setting themselves up for long-term success and stability, the NHL seems to be cashing in for a quick buck, lining the pockets of the teams that need it the least. Sure, a little bit will be shared with poorer teams of the NHL. But will it be enough? Will it give them any exposure, thus helping their long term sustainability?
It is really just a pipe dream though. After all, this is the league that resisted television deals for years. The league that has had a lock-out the last three times a CBA has expired. The NHL has proven through-out its history that it is slow to react, and doesn't have much foresight.
For the record, including the games scheduled for 2014 and starting with the first Winter Classic, the Penguins will have played in three (3) outdoor games. The Rangers will also have played in three (3) outdoor games. The Blackhawks, the Flyers, and the Red Wings will each have two (2).
Last edited by bluemandan: 04-17-2013 at
. Reason: getting my facts straight before getting called out =D
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