The NHL has reportedly canceled the Winter Classic.
The game, set to take place January 1st between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, is the NHL’s highest source of revenue from a single event outside of the Stanley Cup Finals. I suppose that’s what happens when you try to hold it in Ann Arbor. God hates Michigan.
This is probably the stupidest thing the NHL could have done. In case you guys haven’t realized it’s a death sentence. The 2012-2013 season is but a fading twinkle in Gary Bettman’s eye. As in it’s duh duhduhduh duhduhduh duhduhduhduhduh done. Two months in advance, too? This is the stomping part by the NHL on our already ripped out hearts.
The cancellation came on the day when contractually the NHL was obligated to pay The Big House a $3 million rental fee. The league would have also incurred any preparation costs from the university if the game was canceled later than November 2nd. The decision came after internal meetings by NHL officials and did not involve the players.
Clearly, all the players and owners care about is the money. Not the loyalty, livelihood or general well-being of the fans. Congratulations, NHL, you’ve succeeded in making me stop caring. I shudder to think of the fallout this Mulligan of a season will actually have.