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02-19-2011, 04:14 PM
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NHL aims to lure American viewers.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/...395/story.html

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The National Hockey League has an ambitious goal for the 2011 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic -attract American viewers.
The league believes the record television ratings drawn in the United States on Jan. 1 for the Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals bodes well for increasing interest in Canada's most high-profile sport.

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I'll be watching, but then again they could televise the bar league games at the local public rink and I'd probably watch those too.

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The added bonus of this game is it means alot to the streaking flames. Great that it is a game that could be pivotal in Calgary's playoff hopes.

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I don't know how they are going to do that. Canadian teams always have the lowest ratings here. Two canadian teams? Only big hockey fans will be watching.

There's a reason why when networks like Fox Sports come out with their lineup at the start of the season that they announce that the 4-8 games they won't be covering in the season are almost always against Canadian teams.

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It's going to likely receive as much ratings as any other game on verus, if not lower due to no American team.

The winter classic looks better because the venue was better. McMahon stadium looks like a large highschool field.

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It's going to likely receive as much ratings as any other game on verus, if not lower due to no American team.

The winter classic looks better because the venue was better. McMahon stadium looks like a large highschool field.
Yeah it just won't be the same without all those puddles and rain soaked fans. I do agree for the most part Americans won't watch but hey it was meant for Canadians anyway.

Strange that hockey day in America would end with a game in Canada.

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I'll be watching, but then again they could televise the bar league games at the local public rink and I'd probably watch those too.
Die hard huh?. Good for you. I noticed the TSN Crew actually be-moaning the fact that the game was being held outdoors as they stood shivering in -20degree Alberta weather decked out in their patent leather Toronto snowloafers. "Calgary needs the 2 points, WHAT a disaster.... shoulda' played the game in Florida... outdoors.". Alrighty then.

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I seriously cannot believe McMahon Stadium hosted an Olympic opening ceremony.

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I seriously cannot believe McMahon Stadium hosted an Olympic opening ceremony.
Why not? It's not like they use an outdoor Olympic Stadium for other events at the Winter Games such as track and field, etc. It would have been a waste of money for them to build a new stadium for a 2 hour event. Instead, they build the Saddledome which was the main arena for a Winter Olympics.

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It's just such a drab, ugly building. It looks like a large high school stadium.

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It's just such a drab, ugly building. It looks like a large high school stadium.
Welcome to Calgary Brodie. Betcha a tenner you cant find a tree standing anywhere in the city either.

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If they're so concerned, why are they starting the game in Calgary before the one in Chicago ends?

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Welcome to Calgary Brodie. Betcha a tenner you cant find a tree standing anywhere in the city either.


I'm glad to see I'm not the only one to have noticed that.

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Welcome to Calgary Brodie. Betcha a tenner you cant find a tree standing anywhere in the city either.
I'll take that bet

The City of Calgary: Trees13 Dec 2010 ... There are over 335000 trees in Calgary's groomed parks and boulevards, with a value of over $335 million. The value of individual trees ...
www.calgary.ca/trees/ - Cached

Edit to add. NHL.com has an awesome image of the stadium and ice surface. What did you guys want, it looks great. For goodness sake, the only better thing would be amongst the pines beside a river on a pond, with 3 feet of snow on the ground.


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I'm glad to see I'm not the only one to have noticed that.GHOST
Unbelievable huh?. Like a giant brand new suburb in Vegas.

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I'll take that bet.
I dont mean the $300M they spent on perfectly good hockey sticks they cut the blades off of to hold up what they "think" a tree is supposed to look like HH. Im talking free-standing non prosthetically reliant free-standing of their own accord trees. Either the chainsaw dealers are making a killing; they have a Beaver infestation out of the Bow River; or nothing'll grow anymore in the oil soaked ground.

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\I dont mean the $300M they spent on perfectly good hockey sticks they cut the blades off of to hold up what they "think" a tree is supposed to look like HH. Im talking free-standing non prosthetically reliant free-standing of their own accord trees.
Virtually anywhere in Mount Royal, then...?

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I think ESPN really hurt themselves, and the NHL brand, by not airing enough games with Canadian based teams.

How can you try to sell a league, when you don't show great rivalries like Toronto-Montreal, or Edmonton-Calgary?

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Calgary may not have a lot of trees, and the grass may be brown, but the city is the 2010 number one ranked eco city in the world, we are very green enviromentally speaking, and even more green economically speaking...... BTW, Co2 is a very heathy gas and vital to our plants health, if the world wants to tax this beautiful and life sustaining substance we will be sure to find a way to bring even more of the worlds hard earned tax dollar to our humble city.....

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...the only better thing would be amongst the pines beside a river on a pond, with 3 feet of snow on the ground.
That would be awesome. I'd settle for a game on the Rideau or in QC. Or, if the weather could be arranged, put temp bleachers up around David Lam and play a game at night HKJC-style. That would be killer, especially with snow.

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What possible relevance is that to a viewer in Nashvile, Raleigh or Dallas btn?. You want it all and you want it now. Yesterday is just a memory.......
Why do fans in California watch Green Bay-Chicago on MNF?

Why do fans in Utah watch Michigan-Ohio State?

People love rivalries, they love it when more than just a win is on the line.

You cannot get people in the US to "get" hockey, unless you take the time to teach them the history of the game.

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Why do fans in California watch Green Bay-Chicago on MNF?

Why do fans in Utah watch Michigan-Ohio State?

People love rivalries, they love it when more than just a win is on the line.

You cannot get people in the US to "get" hockey, unless you take the time to teach them the history of the game.
I agree. We need people in the US to connect in order to love.

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Why do fans in California watch Green Bay-Chicago on MNF?

Why do fans in Utah watch Michigan-Ohio State?

People love rivalries, they love it when more than just a win is on the line.

You cannot get people in the US to "get" hockey, unless you take the time to teach them the history of the game.
I agree.

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Red Wings-Avs was the most intense rivalry in decades and it played out entirely on ESPN with the net result being... not much.

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Why do fans in California watch Green Bay-Chicago on MNF?

Why do fans in Utah watch Michigan-Ohio State?

People love rivalries, they love it when more than just a win is on the line.

You cannot get people in the US to "get" hockey, unless you take the time to teach them the history of the game.
I agree with you. However, and I don't want to stereotype, but this is my impressions and I've lived/traveled all over the world: Americans on average -- certainly not all Americans, but on average -- are the least likely people to be interested in or knowledgeable about things happening in other countries. This may be a function of the sheer size of the USA. I don't know. On the other hand, speaking as a Canadian, we have access to all of your media in addition to our own, which puts us in the situation of knowing a lot about you and you (in general) knowing almost nothing about us.

I will add though that I think this is changing in part due to the internet. The world gets smaller for all of us.

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IMO it's not unique to the US. England, for example, watches soccer, and after that, it's a long long way down to cricket and rugby and etc.

If anything, the US is unique in being able to attract viewers for so many different sports.

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