The Winter Classic and Stadium Series has come on in force these past couple of years to the point of having six outdoor games last year.
The League has decided, due to lost revenue and an effort to go big to soon, that they will scale back the winter classic and stadium series games to just two this coming year. The Washington Capitals will play in one and host it as well. The venues up for the hosting duties are the Nationals Park, FedEx Field or Camden Yards in Baltimore.
The Washington Capitals could host one of four teams; the Bruins, the Penguins, the Rangers, or the Flyers.
The second game will take place on the other side of the nation, being played in either AT&T Park or Levi’s Stadium; both in San Fransisco, with the San Jose Sharks being the guaranteed team with a strong chance that the L.A. Kings are brought in as well.
The League scaling back is due to lost revenue last year trying to push six outdoor games down out throats. I enjoy the outdoor games and think that it is a great idea but there can be too much of a good thing. Moving it back to either two or three games a year I think is perfect. Promoting them could be better as well as there is a limited supply so economically speaking, demand should go up, which means more money. This will work as long as they keep rotating through and providing different cities and teams to play in them.