It was announced last week that the 2013 Bridgestone Winter Classic game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings has been cancelled. Since the game was scheduled for Jan. 1, the beginning of the new year, it is clear that the NHL is already telling fans that they plan on canceling games for the month of December.
With no new revenue because the league and its players are arguing over who gets more of the revenue, the league had no choice but to cancel the event. They cannot put out the money that they have already lost in this unfortunate lockout to put on an event this big. This lockout is starting to look more and more similar to the lockout of 04-05.
The only silver lining to this disappointing story, is that the two parties met yesterday for the first time since October 18th. So has any good come out of this meeting? According to reports it was “a good frank discussion” and they plan to meet again early this week. Rumors have also been circulating that the NHL is willing to reinstate the Winter Classic if a new CBA is signed soon. Their demands on when that deadline is, has not been released yet.
Cross your fingers and pray NHL fans that we get to see hockey soon.
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