NHL Winter Classic, is the NHL going to hurt it if it expands to rapidly?


There are rumors out there this morning that the NHL is looking into doing 6 outdoor games next season, 2 for the Rangers which would be against the Islanders and Devils in late January, one for the Kings in LA, one in Canada, and one on New Years Day in Detroit, Michigan.

And while most hockey fans love this event, there is such a thing as going too far with pushing a product, for example Apple and its iPhone’s annual release or the annual release of video games such as Call of Duty. So how can the NHL avoid overdoing it? Well for one, instead of pushing it to six, they should experiment with 2 in the US and one in Canada if they want to expand the spectacle. Not push it to six and risk the long term longevity of the event which has been a New Years Day staple since 2008 outside of the disgrace that happened this prior winter. I personally think the NHL should keep it to one event in the United States and one event in Canada that way it still feels special, them trying to over-do it.

One can only hope the NHL wises up and realizes what a gem it has, it has something that even a more popular sport like the NBA doesn’t have, so it would be a shame to see it watered down because of over-exposure.

What do you think? Would the NHL be ruining the Winter Classic if they played 6 outdoor games in the 2013-2014 season?

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Posted on April 17, 2013, in All Sports, Hockey, National Hockey League and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I agree, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. As you said, 2-3 games a year sounds a lot better than 6. At 6 games, it seems as though the NHL is simply trying to milk the whole outdoor game experience for everything it has. It is a really special event, and it would be a shame to see it fade away because of over exposure, as you said. Great article, once again!

    • Well when I first heard of this i was thinking it was a cash grab, but to come out with an article blasting the league for it would not have been the right thing to do. So I did the next best thing and wrote about it and expressed my concern of over-exposure.

      But lets wait for the league to officially announce this before we jump all over them for this. I have a feeling that is when my true feelings will be revealed.

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