By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
Check the calendars, itíll be more than seven years.
Thatís how long the NHL has taken to take a great idea ó an outdoor game ó and re-implement it where it belongs.
Good on the league for having the courage to hold outdoor games in the United States on New Yearís Day ó a day normally reserved for college football south of the boarder ó and making it work.
Good on the league for being smart enough to market the Winter Classics in Buffalo, Chicago, Boston and ó this coming season ó Pittsburgh with a salute to the gameís history.
For all the criticisms the league has received, and deserved, letís give credit where itís due.
But it shouldn't have taken this long before holding another game in Canada.
Should a Canadian outdoor NHL game be scheduled every year along with an American game? Have your say in our forum.
Flames are going retro
You state that all the Canadian franchises should have a game...then you ramble about Winnipeg. Is that wishful thinking, or did I miss something in the sports news today?
Winnipeg will never ever ever get a team. Plain and simple.
john, 2010-08-05 14:04:24
The round hole known as the U.S. Market will always have Bettman and his cronies stubbornly pounding that square peg into it in the vain hope that they can entice a lucrative U.S. network TV contract. But they've been there and done that (to death) down there and hockey simply cannot compete with basketball (pro and college), football, baseball (in the spring), NASCAR, bowling, and sundry other "sports" (such as poker), so ultimately it's futile. Meanwhile, the Canadian franchises continue to prop up the insane locations such as Nashville, Atlanta, Florida and Arizona to a much higher degree than most of the remaining franchises in the U.S. (with the possible exception of the Rangers).
Canada will always be secondary to any extravaganza mounted by Bettman.
Gary O., 2010-08-05 13:45:30