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Too Many Outdoor Games?

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

I thought that perhaps the creation of the Stadium Series would give the league a little more flexibility to spread the outdoor love around, but that hasn't really materialized. As fun as Sunday's game was, wouldn't it have been a little more fun to have the Wild play against the Dallas Stars, the franchise that left Minnesota after the 1992-93 season?

The alumni game wouldn't have been as good and, really, those alumni games are becoming just as good as the main event. Still, that this one didn't sell out is a red flag for me.

The creation of the Stadium Series wasn't ever done to have the same national platform as the Winter Classic enjoys on New Year's day, but it was supposed to have a great an impact locally, and when these games stop selling out it's a sign that the local impact isn't as big as you'd want. I've always been a proponent of the outdoor games, but maybe it's time to scale back and create a little more demand for them once again.

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i think there are too many but they wont stop until its not as profitable. and I cant stop going to them soooo…..

Posted by SlimChance on 02/22/16 at 10:29 AM ET

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Bettman = Lenny
Outdoor games = his puppy.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/22/16 at 10:34 AM ET

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It does seem like a lot of outdoor games but they keep selling those tickets so I assume they are making a pretty good profit on them. I doubt they’ll stop any time soon.

I am hoping they will bring them to all NHL cities eventually now that it is pretty clear it works. The players, owners, media and fans gave the All Star game in Nashville very high marks. It seems like a great fit for an outdoor game soon. For those that might not know, there is a football stadium that could be used just a walking bridge across from the Nashville strip.

Posted by evileye on 02/22/16 at 11:08 AM ET

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I enjoy it - heck, I would not have normally watched that game yesterday, but since it was outdoors it was a little more attractive an option.

But seeing the same teams in the games over and over is getting tiring.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/22/16 at 11:23 AM ET

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This outdoor game was kinda’ a stern warning to the league:  Minnesota could not sell it out.  I don’t want to hear about how it was only a tiny amount off, the fact remains that Minnesota couldn’t sell out a 52,500-ish football stadium (at a time when the weather hasn’t been that bad).

The shine is off.  And it’s only going to continue to wear off.

For those that might not know, there is a football stadium that could be used just a walking bridge across from the Nashville strip.

Posted by evileye on 02/22/16 at 11:08 AM ET

I don’t think the NHL wants any part of trying to fill a 70,000-seat stadium in Nashville, and I don’t blame them.  Last thing NHL wants to do is go into some place like that and only sell 40,000 and have huge empty areas on national TV.

Posted by Primis on 02/22/16 at 12:20 PM ET

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This outdoor game was kinda’ a stern warning to the league:  Minnesota could not sell it out.  I don’t want to hear about how it was only a tiny amount off, the fact remains that Minnesota couldn’t sell out a 52,500-ish football stadium (at a time when the weather hasn’t been that bad).

The shine is off.  And it’s only going to continue to wear off.

Astronomical ticket prices don’t help.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/22/16 at 12:24 PM ET

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The shine is off.

Based on one game, huh?

Posted by Garth on 02/22/16 at 01:19 PM ET

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If they could find a team willing to participate in the outdoor games besides the Blackhawks, that might help. The Hawks players didn’t seem like they were very engaged yesterday, but they did have kind of a big week. I almost didn’t bother watching, due to the fact that the Hawks were there, and would have turned it off early if the score had gone the other way.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 02/22/16 at 07:01 PM ET

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