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BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR JEREMY TRUITT


Fans looking forward to the drop of the puck on a big stage at the Big House will have little to look forward to thanks to an announcement Friday. CTV and the CBC explain.

“100% it will happen: the NHL will cancel the Winter Classic between the Leafs and the Red Wings … that’ll be done this afternoon because they had to make a decision because of a financial commitment to the facility.”

“They would save all of their money except for their $100,000 deposit that they had to put down at the University of Michigan. This is a $3 million rental fee, so obviously some finances coming into play there.”

While the NHL is saving some short-term cash by putting the Winter Classic on ice, ESPN’s Craig Custance says this move really hurts the host the most.

“They estimated it could get as much as $75 million for the region of southeast Michigan. $25-35 million for the city of Detroit alone, and this is an area, that’s a big amount of money for an area that needs it.”

And according to NBC Sports, annual viewership for the Winter Classic has gone between a low of 3.7 million to a high of 4.57 million … which includes the 2011 edition, which was the most-watched regular season game in almost 40 years.

So what does the league cutting one of its largest annual events say about the progress of lockout negotiations? USA Today’s Kevin Allen says both sides are clearly not trying to patch things up.

“The stalemated negotiations between owners and players are like every heated marital spat you have ever witnessed. Both parties are so busy assigning blame to each other that they are blinded to the truth that neither is doing anything constructive to repair the relationship.”

A writer for The Hockey News says this announcement only further damages the league’s reputation, saying... “Unless they have the memory span of an attention-deficit-addled goldfish, those consumers are bound to look back less than fondly on a business operation that put the Charlie Brown football down for them to kick, only to quickly and callously pull it back because NHL players wouldn’t happily accept a drastic pay cut.”

The NHL says it will host next year’s Winter Classic in the same spot, while another round of collective bargaining negotiations should begin soon.

NHL Cancels Winter Classic

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Nov 2, 2012

NHL Cancels Winter Classic

 

(Image Source: Detroit Free Press


BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR JEREMY TRUITT


Fans looking forward to the drop of the puck on a big stage at the Big House will have little to look forward to thanks to an announcement Friday. CTV and the CBC explain.

“100% it will happen: the NHL will cancel the Winter Classic between the Leafs and the Red Wings … that’ll be done this afternoon because they had to make a decision because of a financial commitment to the facility.”

“They would save all of their money except for their $100,000 deposit that they had to put down at the University of Michigan. This is a $3 million rental fee, so obviously some finances coming into play there.”

While the NHL is saving some short-term cash by putting the Winter Classic on ice, ESPN’s Craig Custance says this move really hurts the host the most.

“They estimated it could get as much as $75 million for the region of southeast Michigan. $25-35 million for the city of Detroit alone, and this is an area, that’s a big amount of money for an area that needs it.”

And according to NBC Sports, annual viewership for the Winter Classic has gone between a low of 3.7 million to a high of 4.57 million … which includes the 2011 edition, which was the most-watched regular season game in almost 40 years.

So what does the league cutting one of its largest annual events say about the progress of lockout negotiations? USA Today’s Kevin Allen says both sides are clearly not trying to patch things up.

“The stalemated negotiations between owners and players are like every heated marital spat you have ever witnessed. Both parties are so busy assigning blame to each other that they are blinded to the truth that neither is doing anything constructive to repair the relationship.”

A writer for The Hockey News says this announcement only further damages the league’s reputation, saying... “Unless they have the memory span of an attention-deficit-addled goldfish, those consumers are bound to look back less than fondly on a business operation that put the Charlie Brown football down for them to kick, only to quickly and callously pull it back because NHL players wouldn’t happily accept a drastic pay cut.”

The NHL says it will host next year’s Winter Classic in the same spot, while another round of collective bargaining negotiations should begin soon.

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