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Bettman Tours Minnesota Facilities, Says Wild "Absolutely" Deserve Outdoor Game
Published March 4, 2014
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: The STAR TRIBUNE's Russo noted there has been "a lot of chatter that one reason the Wild hasn’t gotten the Winter Classic is because NBC hasn’t felt the Wild can draw a national audience." Bettman "didn’t confirm that." However, he said of whether NBC and HBO have a say in the venues and opponents, "We consult with them in terms of getting their input as to what makes sense from a television standpoint.” Meanwhile, the NHL has "indicated the league will have fewer outdoor games next season" after staging six in '13-14. There has been "much debate that there have been too many in a short amount of time and it takes the uniqueness away." Bettman: “Despite all of the debate about what the right number is, you can’t really overdo these" (STARTRIBUNE.com, 3/3). The NHL said that more than 375,000 people "attended its six outdoor games this season, including 54,194 at Vancouver's BC Place on Sunday for the Heritage Classic." In L.A., Helene Elliott notes strong attendance is why the league scheduled six games, "even at the risk of ruining the novelty" (L.A. TIMES, 3/4).