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We, the fans of the "new" NHL do not care for the format of the scheduling. Those of us who enjoy seeing teams from the west in our house closest to us and would pay to attend these games do not get to see our hometown/favorite teams and do NOT enjoy seeing the same teams interdivisionally (REPEATEDLY) as the research CLAIMS to show. The regular season should NOT emulate the Stanley Cup playoffs where we see the same teams from our own division and/or conference night in and night out!

After reading the following article on 6/7/06, we refuse to stand for this for another season! Here's your research, Bettman! Read this!

Article in question:

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If you weren't a big fan of this season's NHL schedule, which placed a heavy emphasis on play between division rivals, it appears you'll have to deal with it next season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said you appear to be in the minority and that there aren't any plans to change the scheduling format that had teams playing their division rivals eight times each during the regular season.

"We're going to use this schedule again next year. What we've found both in the research is overwhelmingly, the fans embraced the schedule we had this year, with the increased divisional play," Bettman said during his meeting with the media in Raleigh on Monday. "I think in five out of the six divisions, attendance was higher for the divisional games than it was for the intra-conference non-divisional and inter-conference games. So both in terms of attendance and fan opinion, this was very well received."

It didn't quite work out that way for the Dallas Stars based on their attendance figures for the 2005-06 season.


We, the fans, do NOT support this!

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