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SBD/December 21, 2011/Franchises
Sources Say Flyers Will Likely See Six-Figure Profit From Hosting Winter Classic
Published December 21, 2011
CHANGE IT UP? NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, "All 30 teams would love to host the event, even if it is not geographically feasible with the weather." He added of potential venues, "Through the course of discussions, probably every conceivable option has likely been raised, even if it's discussed for 2 seconds and kicked aside. ... Because of what it does for the host market, we're pretty much going to stay close to a team's market. Instead of being absolutely in the middle of nowhere, it doesn't make sense when we think we can be connected. I'm not talking about a stadium that's not downtown. But not being in either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, I'm not sure it makes a whole lot of sense -- at this point. As this thing goes on, and more and more of a foundation is built, my guess is [NHL COO John Collins] will be pushing the boundaries to go further and further out there" (PHILLY.com, 12/20).