multiple sites for a Winter Classic? Why not?
Not sure if I like the idea of a series of games stretched throughout the season, but a single day where several outdoor games are played wouldn't be a bad idea. It would make the NHL happy with doing multiple games, and limiting it to one day would keep those who don't like the idea of watering down the Classic happy since the other 364 days out of the year would be indoors.
A few problems with my idea:
*If they do this on January 1st, they will be going up against college football. Ratings will take a hit.
*If not January 1st, when? If you go earlier, you have to look at stadium availability if you're considering an NFL or NCAA stadium. If you go too early or too late, weather becomes a factor. Speaking of weather...
*How to handle weather-related delays. As we saw at Heinz Field, if the weather doesn't cooperate, the game gets delayed. If one goes off late and one on schedule, then you're possibly looking at games overlapping. If one goes early and a 7 PM PST game goes on a delay, there's a chance that you might have a game that ends after 2am on the East coast. That, and any potential momentum carried over from the first game.