Earlier today at the NHL League Office in New York City, the decision to cancel the upcoming NHL Winter Classic was finalized. Originally scheduled to be held at the University of Michigan in “The Big House”, a 100,000+ capacity venue, a number of sources have reported that Michigan’s historic stadium will host the next Winter Classic event.
This is not just anothercasualty of the apocalyptic lockout, but rather could be the monumental turning point in negotiations, foreshadowing the 2012 season’s imminent cancellation.
There has been no discussion by NHL Suits or the NHLPA factually expressing that endgame; however, I fear the revenue that has been lost, the inexplicably lax attitudes taken by both sides in regards to reaching an agreement, and the subsequent nonexistent effort applied to physically sitting down and negotiating in the same room have provided us with enough evidence to assume the season will not be salvaged.
Along with calling off the Winter Classic, the Hockeytown Winter Festival and HBO’s 24/7 series, which follows both teams up to the Classic’s puck-drop, have also been cancelled.