Found October 24, 2012 on Diehardsport:
There are multiple reports out now saying that the Winter Classic could be in jeopardy this week.  The NHL says that the final deadline for an 82-game season is November 2nd, and there is almost a 0% chance that a deal will get done by then.  That means that they are going to start cancelling games.The NHL is afraid that the NHLPA will try to use the Winter Classic as a way to get a deal that benefits the players, and the NHL, selfishly, would rather cancel the event than let the players use it to their advantage.Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says that, “The Tribune-Review first reported earlier this month that NBC, the NHL’s national broadcast partner, had started planning for alternative programming to replace the Classic. HBO, which had produced the ’24/7: Road to the Winter Classic’ series each of the past two Decembers, must know by mid-November if that program can go off as planned.”While it seems poetic and perfect to make the Winter Classic the first game of the...
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