Winter Classic 2013: Why Cancellation Will Lead to Loss of Entire Season

November 2nd, 2012 by Ryan Davenport Leave a reply »
The 2012-2013 NHL season is officially on life support.

That's because, after the league announced the cancellation of the 2013 Winter Classic (per, it's becoming abundantly clear that neither side is optimistic about the prospects of the work stoppage ending anytime soon.

And for good reason.

The loss of one of the NHL's marquee events is a big blow to the sport as a whole, especially given how highly-anticipated this year's edition of the Classic was, with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings—two of the league's most storied franchises—set to clash at America's biggest venue. 

Now, the NHLPA and the league will scramble to save as much of the season as possible, but considering that the league was unwilling to pay the reported $250,000 that was due to the University of Michigan today (via, the chances of that happening appear increasingly bleak.

If the league and its players thought there was a reasonable chance that a new collective bargaining agreement could be hammered out, the NHL probably wouldn't have balked at paying the quarter-million it owed today. And it would have held of ...

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