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Daily Times beat writer Anthony J. SanFilippo takes you inside the locker rooms of the Philadelphia Flyers and the rest of the NHL.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Yes there has been a lot of speculation recently that the Flyers could be playing in the upcoming 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park against the Bruins.

I made a couple phone calls and exchanged a couple emails and I can now confirm that speculation is true.

The Flyers will square off with the Bruins on January 1, 2010 at Fenway Park.

It's an interesting story how it came to be that the Flyers were picked for this event.

The NHL was pushing the Washington Capitals. They wanted to market Alex Ovechkin.

NBC, the network broadcasting the game, said no dice.

They were concerned with the poor ratings the Caps' produced in the playoffs in an opening round series against the New York Rangers - the No. 1 U.S. market for the NHL.

So, they told the NHL to skip Washington and give them the Flyers... a more certain brand to market.

The NHL was stubborn for a while... mostly because the Flyers were more interested in a Jan. 1 date with Pittsburgh than Boston.

However, the NHL assured the Flyers that a future Flyers-Penguins outdoor game could still happen in a couple years.

The Flyers were satisfied and agreed to play.

The NHL then confirmed for NBC that the Flyers would in fact play.

No official announcement has come from the league or the Flyers, but sources have confirmed to me that this is the case.

Look for more in tomorrow's Daily Times.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm...don't think it was speculation that the Flyers would play the Winter Classic at Fenway. It was an actual report from a fellow journalist that you ripped off and painted as "speculation" rather than crediting. Way to go buddy...your journalistic scruples are firmly intact.

June 24, 2009 1:17 AM 
Blogger Anthony SanFilippo said...

Hey "Anonymous,"

Love for you to provide the fellow journalist who had this story as confirmed by either the NHL or the Flyers that I ripped it off from.

Otherwise it's simply rumor or speculation.

June 24, 2009 10:09 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see any comments from anybody within the NHL or the Flyers cofirming Philly's involvement in the Winter Classic...what makes your report anything more than your own definition of speculation, you hack? It's no different than any of the other reports that came out before your's did.

You're an embarrassment.

June 25, 2009 12:18 AM 
Blogger In The Room said...

Still no reference to the "actual report from a fellow journalist."

As for the confirmation... read the actual story on the website, not the blog.

The blog was just announcing I had it confirmed.

No one else wrote anywhere that it was confirmed.

That's not being a hack... that's using a legit source.

Notice how all the other writer's followed suit a day later.

That's how this business works. So be careful who you call a hack while you hide behind the name "anonymous."

But hey, at least you keep coming back to read more.

June 26, 2009 5:21 PM 

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