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No 'resurrection' scenario for Winter Classic

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08:43 AM ET 10.30 | In the unlikely event of a quick solution to the lockout, the Winter Classic isn't coming back if it is cancelled. Responding to reports that the league will cancel the Jan. 1 game later this week, [Bill Daly] wrote in a e-mail: "We aren't commenting on the timing of the Winter Classic announcement. It will (or won't) be made if and when necessary." But he added, "I can certainly confirm that if the game is canceled, there is no 'resurrection' scenario for this year." The Winter Classic, a regular-season showcase for the N.H.L., is scheduled to pit the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the first Canadian team in the Classic, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. About 115,000 fans are expected, a world record for hockey attendance.

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October 30, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Being Old Doesn't Make It Classic, Bros.

October 30, 2012  09:32 AM ET

"No 'resurrection' scenario for Winter Classic"

I won't be shedding any tears over it. Same goes for the .... ahem ... All Star "game."

October 30, 2012  09:56 AM ET

The Big House will not be waiting long for the NHL...The best news is that the NHL will lose millions by losing its deposit.

October 30, 2012  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Big House will not be waiting long for the NHL...The best news is that the NHL will lose millions by losing its deposit.

I concur.

October 30, 2012  10:29 AM ET

....same thread same rumor....

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October 30, 2012  11:44 AM ET
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3 million is pocket change for the league.

Not just about the dollars. It's also about the exposure on TV - as the classic has been one of the highest rated games every year since its inception. But since you keep blindly following the owners and believe every word from Bill and Gary, clearly you can't be the least bit objective.

October 30, 2012  11:57 AM ET
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3 million is pocket change for the league.

To a league that's had record revenue, yet has thrust a lockout upon us because teams are hemorrhaging money, even if they make the playoffs, and are looking to make up for those losses by changing the contracts that they themselves signed? Say what you will about people on these threads "blindly" siding with the players, but what exactly is the stance the league, and you, is taking: Is the league making tons of money or are the majority of teams losing money? Is $3 million pocket change, or is that revenue that will hurt the stability of the league? Can they afford the contracts they signed just prior to the lockout, or are those exactly the reasons they need to redo all the contracts?

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October 30, 2012  01:53 PM ET

Twice in 8 years. I guess these guys can't stand prosperity. It's hockey. Who cares?

 
October 30, 2012  05:00 PM ET
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I don't blindly follow the owners and I can't stand Gary Bettman. I also am not a sycophantic lemming who believes that the players are being taken advantage of or that Donald Fehr has the long term financial health of the league at heart.The Winter Classic is a gimmick and real, life long hockey fans don't give a rat's arse about it. I've said a million times that I don't care about the non-fans or the casual fans who think the shoot-out is cool. The misguided drive to expand the fan base and the league itself has brought about some terrible changes to the game.

Don Fehr does have the long term financial health of the league at heart. Try to think about it - he represents the players interests which includes protecting their salaries. How is he going to do that if the financial health of the league is suffering?

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