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NBC/NBCSN Draw Strong Local Audience Figures For NHL Stadium Series Games
Published January 31, 2014
A SUCCESS, BUT DON'T OVERDO IT: The N.Y. Daily News' Pat Leonard said the Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium were a "ringing success for the league," and NHL execs likely were not "disappointed at all how this went" with big crowds attending the games. Leonard: "That being said, the NHL is looking to downgrade to maybe four starting next season." WFAN-AM's Joe Benigno said, "Less is more. If you start to really saturate it where you've got every team maybe playing five of these games a year, then I think you start take away from what really it’s all about." The N.Y. Daily News' Frank Isola said the conept has not become oversaturated because the recent games at Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium were more "regional" than national games ("Daily News Live," SNY, 1/30). SNY's Chris Carlin said the Stadium Series has "been a success for the NHL," but added, "I am worried, though, that the league is going to oversaturate us with this and then ruin it." SNY's Adam Schein said this is "great buzz for hockey." Schein: "It's Super Bowl week, NBA is hot, there's baseball news and people are talking hockey. How can that be a bad thing?" ("Loud Mouths," SNY, 1/30).