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Why NHL cancelled Winter Classic

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11:27 AM ET 11.04 | In the week leading up to Friday's cancellation of the Winter Classic, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the biggest consideration was the logistics of staging a bigger-than-usual event, not the stalled labour negotiations. With the game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs set for the University of Michigan and a two-week slate of events at a rink in Comerica Park in downtown Detroit, more preparation was required this year and the effort would be more expensive. The actual loss of a $100,000 (all currency U.S.) deposit to the university was only a small consideration. The hit to the local economy is still big: NHL chief operating officer John Collins estimated the game would have produced $75-million for the southeastern part of Michigan. The tipping point may have been the result of the labour negotiations or, specifically, the enormous ill will between the owners, players and fans caused by the lockout. The players were angry about the prospect of playing in a game they think means more to the owners' bank accounts than theirs and the fans were getting fed up with both sides.

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November 4, 2012  11:49 AM ET

Why NHL cancelled Winter Classic

Because they have a "tool" for a commissioner!

November 4, 2012  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why NHL cancelled Winter Classic

Because they have a "tool" for a commissioner!

While I cannot disagree with this statement I still maintain that the NFL finally realized that they put To***to in the WC. ;-)

November 4, 2012  11:55 AM ET

this is really sad. My son and I really enjoy watching this, we're very casual fans, we're the one's that hockey is trying to catch. We started watching about 3 years ago, we went to several Kings games and have become sort of hockey fans. This is a great marketing tool for the game, nothing like watching hockey contested in the great outdoors in the elements.

November 4, 2012  12:07 PM ET



A little dated but still fun.

November 4, 2012  12:12 PM ET

The actual loss of a $100,000. The actual deal was 250K due friday is why Holy Cheapness cancelled.

November 4, 2012  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

While I cannot disagree with this statement I still maintain that the NFL finally realized that they put To***to in the WC. ;-)

Yeah that was a serious mistake........NFL?

November 4, 2012  12:27 PM ET

" NHL chief operating officer John Collins estimated the game would have produced $75-million for the southeastern part of Michigan."

$75M...Not exactly Suter/Parise money, but no small potatoes for the area.

November 4, 2012  12:57 PM ET

Why NHL cancelled Winter Classic



Ummm, because there won't be a season to go along with it!!!

November 4, 2012  03:23 PM ET

Because they didn't want to lose any more money that's why.

November 4, 2012  03:24 PM ET
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" NHL chief operating officer John Collins estimated the game would have produced $75-million for the southeastern part of Michigan."$75M...Not exactly Suter/Parise money, but no small potatoes for the area.

Good point. More innocent victims to add to all the concession workers and other stadium employees who are getting shafted by the lockout.

November 4, 2012  05:53 PM ET

1to2ot3....well said and good point.

November 4, 2012  08:11 PM ET

I seriously didn't care about it in the first place.

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November 5, 2012  09:40 AM ET
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I seriously didn't care about it in the first place.

I seriously concur...

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