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by Monica McAlister on 11/12/13 at 04:05 PM ET
Only the NHL would take a good thing and ruin it.
Okay maybe they are not alone but they did create a great event with the Winter Classic in one (more) partial lockout possibly destroyed it.
The NHL made the Stadium Series as a way to create quick cash after the lockout. Let’s not pretend there is any other reason behind it, the NHL is a business, and the Stadium Series was created to make up revenue lost while the NHL and the players battled out the new CBA.
Now with so many outdoor names the casual fan that the NHL has been going after with these games (hey there are neat and a great way to teach the game and get some history in to these new and novice fans – not going to deny that); however, if people that follow the NHL to the point they write on an NHL teams blog are confused as to what is and isn’t the Winter Classic than you have to know that the new fans are just as lost if not more so.
You read that right. A blogger that covers the New York Islanders wrote about the New York Islanders Winter Classic logo. Only problem. The New York Islanders are not playing in the 2014 Winter Classic. The Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs are.
This is not a blogger vs beat writer vs MSM vs who cares right now post. My point is the NHL had something great going with the Winter Classic. Last season’s lockout and postponing of the 2013 Winter Classic at University of Michigan’s Big House and adding the Stadium Series has taken away that novelty factor from the Winter Classic.
Sometimes less is more.
Taking something simple like an outdoor game and adding a bunch more makes more just feel like less.
Understanding that the NHL is a business, the addition of the Stadium Series games makes business sense in the short term; but has the NHL shot themselves in the foot with generating future revenue off the Winter Classic? Will the Winter Classic still have that thrill for players and fans that it had held up until now?
The 2014 Winter Classic is under two months away, then the Stadium Series will start. This is probably not the last faux pa that will come to pass in that time.
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