The hammer falls: Winter Classic canceled

November 2, 2012, by

The biggest money-maker for the league has just been canceled. Gary Bettman, in a press conference scheduled for 2pm today, will announce that the NHL will cancel the 2013 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House. In canceling this event, the NHL loses out on tens of millions of dollars in potential revenue from the game, the events, and the hype (including 24/7) leading up to the game.

While there are many –including myself– who believe that a partial season can be salvaged, the cancellation of the Winter Classic is a proverbial kick to the stones. The NHL loses out on their biggest single-event revenue generator, which makes that HRR split even more pronounced, which means more cut-throat “negotiations.”

I’ve always said that hockey is a business, and I stand by that sentiment. However, the NHL is a business run by greedy owners, headed by a greedy commissioner, and played by greedy players.

In the end, the fans lose.

Categories : Business of Hockey


  1. Chris.C says:

    You can make a case for being angry at the disrespect shown to us by both the Players and the Owners. Let’s move past that though, we know both of these groups have long ago accepted that we will continue to support them, regardless of how badly they treat us. What will be more damning this time to educated fans is the Players lack of common sense, financially. The Players have already collectively lost more money from the first 26% of the 2012-2013 season being cancelled than they would have lost by accepting the 12& roll-back in salary the Owners want. Any educated fan will come to the ultimate conclusion that these players have finally reached the point where their Greed for our Money has overtaken their common financial sense. The definition of Stupidity married with Greed

  2. mikeyyy says:

    Well its over. This really could have all been avoided if the owners just signed a one year extension and then start working on it.

    This is Bettman flexing his muscles…..probably for the last time as his reign is coming to an end.

  3. Walt says:


    While the point you make is valid, what makes you think that the owners won’t come back a 3rd time, after an agreement is signed, and demand another round of cut backs from the players? Let’s not forget that the last lock out, the players gave back to management some 25% roll back.

    This stinks to high heaven, but I blame Buttman for this crap, and once this is settled, he has got ot go, no getting around it!!!!!

  4. Ray says:

    As I understand it, the Stanley Cup must be awarded in the Spring, NHL season or no NHL season – I presume to the AHL winner. Which side does that put more pressure on – the league whose trophy is devalued or the players who share their prize with minor leaguers?

  5. rob sahm says:

    if the season does go on to have a half a season and by some chance the rangers win the cup it will be tainted in my opinion they dont deserve it