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By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
Friday, the National Hockey League announced the cancellation of the 2013 Bridgestone Winter Classic to be held at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
The NHL’s lockout of the players has now reached 47 days. On the surface, the NHL’s decision to cancel its most important, high profile regular season game was merely a smart business choice. The NHL would have owed a payment of $100,000 to the University of Michigan had the game not been cancelled by November 3rd.
For the city and people of Detroit, last Friday’s announcement was a bigger disappointment than it was for the average NHL fan. This Winter Classic was scheduled to be the premier portion of an entire Winter Festival, which would have also featured 9 alumni, AHL, college, junior, and high school games to be played at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. The Detroit News estimates that 400,000 people were expected to attend the Festival.
The NHL and NHLPA are ...