Gambling sports has a new and growing tradition, however, since 2008 as the NHL adds to the New Year’s Day sports gambling buffet with its Winter Classic. This new gambling sports tradition began as an experiment when the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at Rich Stadium, the football home of the Buffalo Bills.
The January 1, 2008 sports gambling event drew a sell out crowd of over 75,000 fans and, more importantly, drew large television ratings. All of a sudden a one time sports betting event was turned into an instant annual tradition.
In 2009 the Chicago Blackhawks hosted the Detroit Red Wings in a gambling sports matchup from Wrigley Field, the baseball home of the Chicago Cubs. Again, a sellout crowd that was willing to pay huge scalper prices was on hand for the gambling sports Winter Classic.
And once again the gambling sports television audience was huge, and bigger than the year before. As the gambling sports public becomes more interested in the NHL’s Winter Classic each year, there is more promotion and handicapping activity leading up to the game.
For 2010 the NHL Winter Classic will be from Fenway Park in Boston, the baseball home of the Boston Red Sox as the Boston Bruins will meet the Philadelphia Flyers on this year’s New Year’s Day gambling sports showdown. The city of Boston will sell the game out, of course, and another large television audience is expected.
Boston and Philadelphia make for an attractive gambling sports matchup on the hockey end of the excitement as both were playoff teams from last year that are expected to compete for the Eastern Conference title in 2010. Handicapping the Winter Classic is now an annual gambling event that draws almost as much attention as the college bowls.
Gamblers can wager on both the side and the over/under total and fun props will be available as well. The NHL has found a new foothold with the public that is now, indeed, a CLASSIC!