Is this a yearly thing now? The NHL has decided to return to the West Coast for the Stadium Series. For whatever reason the Los Angeles Kings will swim with the San Jose Sharks in Levi’s Stadium Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. PT.
The NHL did prove me wrong last year when it held one of its outdoor games in California last season, and was able to provide a “playable” service for its teams. But, it seems Gary Bettmen is going back to the well one last time and is sending an outdoor game back to Cali. I’ll be honest with everyone; I hate the idea of more than one outdoor game. But I hate the idea of playing another game with one of the same teams in back to back years.
Instead of going on a rant about how dumb an idea this is dispute the great playoffs series these two teams had last year I will simple pen an open letter to the Gary Bettman and voice my displeasure.
Dear Mr. Bettman,
As a hockey fan of over 32 years I’d like to know why the NHL seems to think showcasing the same teams over and over again is a good idea. Your league has a lot of talented players that call smaller markets home, but you constantly push and shove your big teams in our faces. Let’s be clear about something. Most of America doesn’t want to see the same colors and players all the time.
The NHL continues to grow and the games popularity grows it would be nice to see someone from the NHL offices roll the dice and allow some other teams share in the spot light of national TV. While I understand that you and your advertising partners need the larger markets to draw ratings you are making the NHL all about a hand full of teams.
Most hockey fans understand that it is an uphill battle for your league, but with the Stadium Series and your seeming willingness to over saturate an event I need to ask, WHY? It’s clear that you are not setting the best match ups, and you are only driven by money. These games should be something to be celebrated not manipulated for the leagues own personal agenda.
Hockey Fans Everywhere