The Malik Report
by George Malik on 12/31/11 at 10:01 PM ET
The Red Wings have talked a bit about the potential of hosting a Winter Classic in terms of logistics during today’s pre-game festivities, and NHL chief operating officer John Collins told NHL.com’s Dan Rosen, the New York Times’ Jeff Z. Klein and Yahoo Sports Nicholas J. Cotsonika (via his Twitter account) that the NHL’s initial leanings for the 2013 Winter Classic involve either bringing the event to New York or Detroit—with a strange caveat that what the Wings want to do depends on how their plans to build a new rink will unfold (which is odd given that the city is going bankrupt and Wayne County is under federal investigation for rampant corruption).
This evening, ESPN’s Scott Burnside took Collins’ comments as springboard for a long article suggesting that, and I quote, “Detroit is a No-Brainer” in terms of being the Winter Classic’s next host:
Detroit makes sense on any number of fronts. They have been a visitor in a Winter Classic game, having played against Chicago at Wrigley Field in 2009, and the NHL has established a pattern where teams play the role of visitors before hosting the event themselves.
That was the case with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, while Washington, the visitors in last year’s rain-drenched Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, has been assured of hosting an outdoor game in the near future.
Detroit is one of the NHL’s storied franchises and a massive draw across North America, which would ensure the event would continue to generate big television ratings.
A Winter Classic held there—either at Comerica Park, where Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch’s Detroit Tigers play, or the University of Michigan’s Michigan Stadium, known colloquially as The Big House—would also be a boon to an area whose economy has been hit hard by the recent economic downturn.
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