Magic 5 Weekend: The Pros and Cons
The Elite League published further information on the proposed Magic 5 weekend, which is expected to replace the weekend playoff finals.
Fans will have a chance to take a look at their teams to start next season and tickets to the play-off final will be valid.
The weekend, which will see a series of games all played at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham over two days, is scheduled for September, but the current restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic mean nothing. 39; has been confirmed.
The statement on the Elite League website said: "There will be three games lined up for Saturday and two for Sunday.
"These games will all count for league points and will be added to teams' home calendars. The rivalries will be renewed and the weekend promises to be a spectacular launch for the return of top flight ice hockey to the UK.
"Meanwhile, the early end of the 2019-2020 season due to the virus epidemic continues to be problematic, including a start date for the next season. Discussions are ongoing on this front and on many others. "
The reaction has been mixed with regard to the Magic 5 weekend, some fans not wanting to pay extra to see their team only once, while others have highlighted the additional cost of travel and accommodation.
The league will confirm other details as and when required.
COMMENT: The advantages outweigh the disadvantages of Magic 5
When the idea of a Magic 5 weekend was first launched, it excited a lot and left a few feeling deflated, coupled with the blow that there would be no play-off weekend in 2020.
Now that There is a little more information, it let us weigh the pros and cons of this replacement event so we decided to share it.
1. A decent substitute in the absence of the traditional playoff weekend
It is fair to say that the cancellation of the play-offs has disappointed everyone, but as the current situation with the coronavirus has shown, we live in an unusual era.
The league will no doubt lose in it, so the fact that an event like the Magic 5 gives everyone an alternative rather than having nothing at all.
2. Five significant matches over the weekend, instead of three
Although we all love the playoff weekend and the simple playoff format, there are only three significant games – the two semi-finals and the final. Third place is a simple exhibition and a very unpopular game.
This way, there are five competitive games to enjoy throughout the weekend when the action should be as bloody as it would be every other weekend.
3. Points offered to all teams
Continuing on from the previous point, this means that the five games have something to do and that each team has the possibility of withdrawing all the points that will count towards their tally for the season.
4. All fans will be able to see their team in action this weekend
Whenever you go to a play-off weekend, there are only four teams in action, so six fan groups can be happy neutrals and have fun.
Under the Magic 5, all teams can play throughout the weekend and all fans can rejoice to see their boys skating in competition at an event like this.
5. Take nothing away from seasonal games
This is a winner for organizations as it is an extra game on the calendar so fans don't have to drop one of the games on it ; subscription for that.
If anything, it generates additional income and should cushion the blow from any loss suffered as a result of the early closure.
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6. Replaces a concept of forced tournament and removes any feeling of pre-season
Exhibition games are useful, but players prefer to play competitive games that mean something and that is exactly what it will be for them.
It also means that you don't have to shoehorn and force a tournament with shortened matches and a trophy that has no meaning in the general scheme of things.
7. Potential televised hockey festival?
We are speculating on this, but if that happens, you may have the option of broadcasting the entire weekend, which would be great for fans who don't have tickets.
We don't know if there is anything in the pipeline with Premier Sports or FreeSports, but you hope there will be a conversation that will see all games televised or streamed so that fans can enjoy it.
8. Potential for success and could lead to other weekends like this in the future
Although the organization of something like this was imposed on the Elite League it can be considered as an opportunity to create an annual event if it is 39; turns out to be a success.
1. Fans who watch their team one day may not want to come the other day
It is entirely their right to do so if they wish and arrangements would be made if this is the case
2. Fans are paying for games they may not want to see – also for travel and accommodation
There is the burden of additional costs for some fans, perhaps a higher cost for some more than for others. Understandable in the current environment and in uncertainty once the virus is eliminated.
3. No date confirmed for the moment due to restitutions of coronavirus
The league is not yet able to confirm this, but it penciled on September 12 and 13. This unfortunately means that no one can make arrangements until they are sure.
4. There is no trophy to be won
One of the highlights of the playoff finale is of course the presentation and the celebrations that end this weekend. Once the fifth game is over in this case, you are watching something of an anti-climatic sensation at the short festival.
5. This is not the weekend of the playoffs
Indeed, this is not the case and under the circumstances, the Magic 5 weekend is all that we have from this point of view. It has its charm and we will miss it in 2020, but we are where we are right now.