Next year’s Winter Classic in Centeral Park?

Since the start of the NHL Winter Classics in 2008, fans have long rallied for a Winter Classic at Yankees Stadium. But because of the Pinstripe Bowl, and the preparation it takes to build an NHL size outdoor hockey rink, Yankees Stadium is an impossible venue…. so New Yorkers are proposing another famous NYC landmark: Central Park. Ignoring the obvious challenges such as lack of stadium seating… the fate of the Winter Classic falls in the hands of the television networks because the game competes with the New Years Day college bowl games. The league’s  current TV contract with NBC and Versus expires at the end of the season, and it is not known what network will sign a deal with the NHL.

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