Monday, January 28, 2008

The end of the all-stars?

Though cancelling the game seems a little harsh, there are proponents of that route in the NHL headquarters.

At the very least, it would appear the skills competition is going to become a victim of the changes once the league figures out what direction it wants to take.
The building was full, and while the TV ratings weren't anything to write home about, it's my understanding there was plenty of corporate support for yesterday's game in Atlanta.

Sponsors like Verizon and XM Satellite committed big-time dollars to be part of the event and 30-second spots on television during the game were going for $10,000.

The game's not going anywhere for the simple reason that it makes the league money, and for all the complaining from the likes of, well, me, that's all the weekend is really about. As a few hours of entertainment, it certainly doesn't rate up there, but as a corporate schmooze?

They seem to have made out rather well.



At 8:44 p.m., January 28, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Yeah, I'm guilty of over-slamming the All-Star Game. It's certainly got a lot of flaws, but I still tuned in and watched, and I'm not going to begrudge one meaningless game in an ocean of 82 meaningful ones.

Let there be All-Stars. And let me not care.

At 9:02 p.m., January 28, 2008, Blogger Keegan said...

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At 9:07 p.m., January 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...82 meaningful games.

At 9:34 p.m., January 28, 2008, Blogger Paul Nicholson said...

What i can't figure out is why they don't open up the skills competition to all players like the NBA does. More players, more teams involved...[shock]... you could actually have the guys in the league with the hardest shot in the hardest shot competition (speed, accuracy, etc). Seems like a no brainer to me.

The game itself is kinda boring, but a skills competition that REALLY showed the insane skill some guys have would be a benefit i would think.

Is there some reason they don't do this?

At 9:35 p.m., January 28, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Fair enough, anonymous. Insert the words "by comparison" where it seems necessary.

At 9:37 p.m., January 28, 2008, Anonymous Ace said...

If the All-Star game was anything, it was at least a chance for Mats Sundin to play on a team that played more intensely in the defensive zone.

It's not perfect, but the ASG is what it is. I know plenty of casual fans who rarely tune into a regular season game, who at least checked it out for a while, and they were all excited about the new breakaway competition. Although most were pretty bored through the first 55 minutes of the 1/4-speed game on Sunday.

Tweak it, move it outside, I'm all for it; but no need to get rid of it. Its still better than the Pro Bowl.

At 9:41 p.m., January 28, 2008, Blogger Paul Nicholson said...

Agreed. I think they need to make the ASG the outdoor game. Every year. The regular season game just has a lot of issues (fairness, etc) but that puts it as an exhibition game, during winter, and make it more of a spectacle (read: interesting).

Of course that woudl eliminate places like Atlanta from being able to host the ASG - ever - but even as a fan from the south myself, i'd be willing to live with not having a hope of hosting an ASG if it meant a tradition like that

At 4:13 p.m., January 29, 2008, Anonymous Anshu said...

I agree with the sentiment that the skills competition should feature the guys who actually excel at each particular skill.

For example, let some of the shootout specialists (whoever they are - Mikko Koivu, Jussi Jokinen, Marek Malik, whatever) compete in that event. Same for hardest shot and fastest skater, though I assume Chara is probably the hardest shooter.

At 6:02 p.m., January 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I as a life long NHL fan, I like the all star weekend. Lets face it, anything the NHL trys to do or does is often ridiculed by the mainstream media types who know next to nothing about the game. The only time they write about the game is when something negitive happens.


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