The '13-14 NHL season will include six outdoor games, and the league is responding to complaints about watering down the product with a simple message: it’s giving fans what they want, according to Stephen Whyno of the CP.
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Fan affiliation is one of the major contributors to success in the sport industry, which is the main reason why I chose this article. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who has had some problems with keeping those affiliations over his term, took a step toward building up those that he has damaged and building new ones by scheduling more outdoor games for the upcoming season. He has received grief for having too many on schedule, but most NHL executives stand pat that six is perfect and it is what the fans want, a statement that I can back up. The educational value to this article is that it shows how important this affiliation is for the success of a franchise, and the leagues themselves, in the sport industry. It interests me that they may not be as spotlighted as the Winter Classic, they are just as fan oriented as it was and their greater quantity provides much more opportunity for the fans which will give a big boost to fan affiliation and therefore profits will also get a large boost. It was also both educational and interesting how hand in hand the different leagues work together to make events like this happen, as exemplified by the work between the NHL and the New York Yankees to bring a game to Yankee Stadium. I will find use of this information in the future by always keeping the fan factor toward the top of my priorities, as once you are able to snag a position they will always hold a huge chunk of power in deciding how long you are there.