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Winter Classic now a Winter Antique?

Everyone wanted a piece of the action when the Winter Classic came to Buffalo.  Not surprising, it was the first regular season hockey game played outdoors in a very long time.  The modern NHL had never attempted such a feat.  The league featured on of its hottest teams against its hottest young star, and it couldn’t have worked out better for either team (ok – the Sabres could have gotten two points), the NHL, or the fans involved.

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park.  Should their be another venue?  I for one thought after the first Winter Classic that if the league did the game every year the novelty would wear off and be no different.  I always thought that every third year would be most beneficial for the league and the game. Personally, as important as two games are – I would rather see an All-Star game outdoors.

If you want to build a stronger market – don’t focus on two teams who are going to have a limited market.  Especially when the teams you choose are typically regional matchups anyways.

You do the All-Star game outdoors every other year, and you are now maximizing your ability to market ALL of the leagues best stars, not just two or three at a time.  You are also going to get more bang for the buck of the fan and the portable rink setup.  Make the All-Star event a week long destination, much like the Pro-Bowl is a destination for player and fan alike as opposed to just a meaningless game.

What do you think?  Post your response hear or email it to [email protected]  Also tune in Thursday at 9 PM as the Winter Classic Rink Side Rants Show will air before a two week hiatus for the holidays.

Topics: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Outdoor, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Winter Classic

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