|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on October 31, 2012 at 2:55 AM|
The NHL is likely going ahead with the cancellation of the Winter Classic, a source has revealed to ESPN.com that a decision on the matter could come as early as Thursday. The Winter Classic is the National Hockey League's marquee regular-season event, with its likely cancellation, the possibility of any NHL hockey being played at all this season seems grim.
The lucrative Winter Cassic is set to be played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, on January 1 between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. According to documents, if the NHL Winter classic is canceled by NOV. 2 or sooner the League would save all but $100,000 of the $3 million rental price tag to host the event at Michigan University.
If the NHL waits any longer to cancel the Winter Classic; The League will have to pay a larger amount of the expenses. as it stands, the NHL is set to potentially lose $30 million in revenue with the cancellation of the Winter Classic likely to be announced Thursday. Soon after that, the NHL All-Star game will likely fall.
This news is not good for the optimistic hockey fan who was hoping for a reduced schedule...