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from Simon Houpt of the Globe and Mail,
The National Hockey League may want to consider including a Canadian team in every Winter Classic, after this year’s New Year’s Day matchup attracted record ratings in Canada and a near record in the United States.
On Friday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said 3.57-million viewers tuned in to the Toronto vs. Detroit game in Ann Arbor, Mich., which ended in a shootout win by the Maple Leafs. That is almost 90 per cent higher than the previous record of 1.91-million viewers, set during the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game in 2011, which aired in prime time after poor weather forced the postponement of the afternoon-scheduled game.
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 3, 2014 – The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC, in which the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout on New Year’s Day, tied as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game in nearly four decades, became the second-most watched such game in 39 years, and is up nearly 20% in both household rating and viewership as compared to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. The game, which featured only one U.S. team, delivered a 2.5 HH rating and averaged 4.404 million viewers, according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Company.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Winter? Sure. The NHL’s game of the year was postcard pretty, with the falling snow clashing brilliantly with the bright red and blue sweaters of the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs.
But a classic? Not quite.
Toronto’s 3-2 shootout win over Detroit at the Big House was heavy on the spectacle that draws in the casual viewer — which, of course, is the primary focus of the event — but it was a miserable display of hockey. For most of the contest, this was two middling teams playing to prevent goals rather than score them. Even the Red Wings’ sublimely gifted Pavel Datsyuk was reduced to playing dump-and-chase rather than showcasing his skills in front of the largest crowd in NHL history and a massive TV audience.
Not even a late game-tying goal by Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader — which sent the contest first to overtime, and then to a shootout — could save this from being arguably the worst Winter Classic in history.
STAMFORD, CONN. – Jan. 2, 2014 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2014 NHL Winter Classic, in which the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout, delivered a 2.9 overnight rating, tying it with the 2009 Winter Classic as NBC’s best-ever overnight for an NHL regular-season game, according to metered market data from The Nielsen Company.
The game, which featured the first Canadian team to compete in a Winter Classic, was played outdoors at Michigan Stadium, a.k.a., “The Big House,” in front of 105,491 fans, making it the largest crowd ever to watch a hockey game. The Maple Leafs’ Tyler Bozak scored the decisive goal during a shootout after the teams were tied 2-2 through regulation and overtime. Snow fell for most of the game, which began with a temperature of 13 degrees.
The 2.9 overnight for yesterday’s game tied the overnight rating for the 2009 Winter Classic, which was played at Wrigley Field between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings and host Chicago Blackhawks. Yesterday’s overnight is up 21 percent from the 2012 iteration of the game, played between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Due to last season’s work stoppage, the 2012 Winter Classic was the last Winter Classic played and generated a 2.4 overnight.
from Steve Keating of Reuters at WHTC,
The National Hockey kicked of 2014 with the biggest hockey bash ever on Wednesday, firing the opening salvo in a 'shock-and-awe' campaign designed to turn casual fans into avid ones.
An announced record hockey crowd of 105,491 braved brutal conditions to fill massive Michigan Stadium for the NHL's outdoor Winter Classic as the Toronto Maple Leafs clinched a 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Over the next three months the NHL will play outdoor games from Los Angeles to New York featuring iconic franchises in historic settings in an unprecedented push to claim more ground in an escalating battle for a larger slice of the North American sporting landscape.
Emboldened by a new 12-year $5.2 billion Canadian television rights deal, labor peace and increasing talk of expansion, a bullish NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has embarked on what one sport marketing expert described as a campaign of "shock-and-awe".
In my opinion, one of the most unexpected tweets of the day.
Author John U. Bacon with a look at the Big House.
It's all about 'The Team".
Leafs TV is streaming live from Michigan Stadium starting at 10:00am ET.
Watch it below...
update, live stream is complete.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
So you arrive in Detroit — a.k.a. Murder City, a.k.a. Pottersville, a.k.a Bankruptcy USA — and you expect to see desolation and decay and decline, a city in chaos.
Except it isn’t that way at all.
Well, it wasn’t on Monday night, when a pleasant (if frigid) walk back from Comerica Park to the Renaissance Centre on the Detroit River, interrupted by a lovely dinner at a seafood spot with live music, took a couple of media folks through about 10 blocks of what seemed to be anything but a dead downtown.
There were Christmas lights, lots of them, and a variety of evening spots lit up for the evening. Nothing threatening, no sign of trouble. It was a walk you might not have recommended 15 or 20 years ago, but now felt more than safe.
In other words, anything but a bankrupt city hurtling downhill.
WINTER CLASSIC QUICK HITS
* The Guinness World Record for attendance at a hockey game is 104,173, set during “The Big Chill at The Big House” – which pitted the University of Michigan versus Michigan State on Dec. 11, 2010. That number is expected to be shattered at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
* According to the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival are expected to translate into $50 to $60 million in direct spending in Detroit and another $15 million to Ann Arbor.
NEW YORK (December 23, 2013) – The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the New Year’s Day outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House® on the University of Michigan campus (1:00 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), will feature performances by members of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, singer/songwriter Mayer Hawthorne and Juno Award-winning recording artists The Tenors; the announcement of the rosters for the 2014 U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s ice hockey teams; a flyover of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) CF-18 fighter jets and a Canada-United States color guard; and appearances by Ann Arbor and Detroit-area youth hockey players.
The entertainment for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ and 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ is being produced by RK Productions in association with Big Monkey Entertainment.
Dan Craig updates us on the rink building process at the Big House.
Sportsnet with a video presentation which included talking with Tyrone Wheatley and Red Berenson.
Thy also include some footage of a decaying Detroit which will strike a nerve with some, but overall a positive picture on The Big House.
The process begins...
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.
Now that the NHL is back and on time this season fans are looking at schedules and how teams are starting the season to figure out games they my want to attend. Of course this season fans are blessed with the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor and the Stadium Series to follow it.
How does one get their hands on a pair of Winter Classic tickets at this point in time? Kevin Miller has a pair he is looking to give away for as low as $1.00