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Let’s Go Back 4 1/2 Years In Regards To Outdoor Games

from Darren Rovell, with CNBC (now ESPN) on 12/31/08,

DR: How do you bottle this up? It's a catch-22 because you have it and then people start saying Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park. Let's do this 15 times a year.

Gary Bettman: Well, 15 times a year would probably take away its uniqueness.

DR: So how much can you do it?

GB: We've been focused on one a year. I think more than that, two would be the limit. But I’m not even focusing on doing it more than one. There is no shortage a of interest. We've had at least a dozen clubs say “we would love to do this in our market -- our fans would just absolutely love it.” Last we played in a football stadium, this year in Wrigley Field. To play the Bridgestone Winter Classic in a stadium that is almost 100 years old that's had virtually every event except, until now, a hockey game.


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HasTheVoice.com's avatar

Yes folks, if you have a BIG backyard the NHL would like to speak with you about hosting an Outdoor Game!

Operators are standing by at 1-800-BETTMAN!

Posted by HasTheVoice.com on 04/17/13 at 01:50 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Quite frankly I’m shocked! A lawyer who talks out of both sides of his mouth, obfuscates , and simply doesn’t tell the truth….??? Shocking I tell you!!

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/17/13 at 01:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Throughout that whole interview, I got the image of a greasy Bettman sitting cross-legged on a leather chair squeezing his balls.


“15 times a year a bit too much.”  Like SIX times a year is already too much, Gary.Ass?

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 04/17/13 at 01:56 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

The old Pittsburgh arena had a retractable roof. Maybe that could be the future of the league? The answer for phoenix’s woes?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/17/13 at 07:36 PM ET

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