Ways to Improve the NHL Winter Classic

December 22nd, 2009 by Stephen Dupej Leave a reply »
The Winter Classic has been a wonderful idea for the NHL. It has gained speed into becoming one of the most anticipated events on the sports calender, and is the NHL's most watched regular season game. But in my opinion, there is still work to be done to the event to make it even more unique, and enticing for people to see. Here's my to do list:

Change the date of the game

I  don't really like the idea of playing the game on Jan. 1. It's the same date of college football's most prominent bowl games. It would be more ideal to move the game to somewhere in December following Christmas. There, it would ride the front seat of sports for the day, with niche bowl games on ESPN/ESPN 2 riding behind.

In addition, New Year's Day 2013, will be on a Sunday, the day of many NFL games, and maybe the last week of the NFL regular season. The Classic is sure to be lost in the NFL lingo. Better to change the date sooner, rather than later.

Move the game to primetime

With the game being moved to late December, and the networks showing re-runs in their primetime line-up for the first few days following the 25th, the Winter Classic would ...

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