Morning Free Association: Outdoor Games?

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There’s a scheme brewing in the NHL. Apparently the league floated the idea of playing outdoor games to circumvent the restrictions on attendance for indoor games. It’s not a surprise that Jeremy Jacobs offered that his Boston Bruins as a team that would play outdoor games.

I have nothing against outdoor games. I also understand the dilemma of owners like Jacobs wanting to make money. I just don’t think this is the way to do any of that.

Pierre LeBrun reported in The Athletic that the Bruins weren’t the only team to say yes to outdoor games. The Bruins are joined by the Pittsburgh Penguins,  Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings, and the Florida Panthers in affirming the possibility of playing at least one outdoor game this season. Carolina has even committed to buying their own ice making equipment instead of using the league’s outdoor iceworks. The Bruins would look to playing at Fenway, site of the first Bruins Winter Classic back in 2010. Pittsburgh wants to play at either PNC Park, home of the Pirates, or Heinz Field, the Steelers stadium, for the first month of games while hoping that restrictions will be loosened for indoor attendance. LAK is looking to play outdoor games at a local MLS stadium. Florida is the only team yet to declare a plan.

All of the Canadian teams have deemed this impractical. I mean, Canada is cold. And Canadians are smarter than us. The Rangers, Islanders, Capitals, Lightning, Flyers, Devils, and Wild all said no for various reasons.

Now, after all of that one final thing. Ty Anderson says that none of us should put much thought into this.

In his article he gives a couple of reasons. The first is that while the Bruins are exploring this possibility of playing outdoors at Fenway, there is little chance that Governor Baker will lift restrictions for live audiences any time this winter, even if it’s a outdoor venue. The Patriots have a much larger stadium and they aren’t allowed the ability to have even well-spaced, socially-distanced seating for fans through this season. The second is that the outdoor adventure will cost fans A LOT of money for the experience. Bruins games are already outrageously priced for regular seating in the TD Garden. Imagine what ticket prices will be for Fenway with limited capacity and with the added expense of manufacturing and maintaining the ice surface outdoors.

All of this might be for naught anyway. With the Winter Classic postponed until next season, Gary Bettman worries that fans will have outdoor game fatigue if many games are played that way this season. They might. While in-person attendance is great for those events, ratings are usually poor. Right now, the NHL needs interest as well as revenue.

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Morning all. Had a dream last night I was in a Black Mirror episode. There was a social media game where someone would get trapped in a house and an announcement would then be sent over social media networks. People would them come and try to murder the person trapped in the house.

I was the person trapped in the house.

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Love Black Mirror. That sounds like a fun episode! (The general premise, not you being targeted by a murderous mob!)

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I would definitely prefer watching the episode than living it! lol

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Morning all.

Not against the idea of outdoor games but you make a very good point about the ticket prices.

Doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen anyway

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Hi Pals!
I do see that too many outdoor games could take away the novelty, if there’s any left. The fact that it’s not likely in Massachusetts is another factor. Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire could offer alternate sites and lower restrictions. College stadiums seem like they would offer a more intimate setting, if there’s anything intimate about a raucous outdoor venue. Just playing devil’s advocate here, but i would like to go to a hockey game.
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