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Michigan's football stadium should have hosted the Winter Classic in January 2013.
The NHL Winter Classic was the biggest wild card in this lockout. This year’s contest featured a clash between the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs with the University of Michigan’s Big House as the venue.
But even the mighty Winter Classic fell to the lockout.
If the marquee event of the NHL’s regular season wasn’t enough to inspire a quick resolution, what is?
The NHL pulled the plug on the event to avoid paying the $250,000 it owed Michigan on Nov. 2. The next payment would have been $1 million due Dec. 7, so it’s safe to say the owners aren’t confident we’ll be reaching a deal in time to save the December games.
There are plenty of regular-season games that are nationally televised that could draw good ratings and lots of money. None of those games compare to the gold mine that is the Winter Classic, though.
The last huge attraction that can serve as an incentive to getting the CBA figured out soon is the Stanley Cup playoffs. If they can’t reach a deal in time to save the playoffs, we may as well kiss the 2012-13 season goodbye.
Michael Prunka is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist and Sports Writing Intern. Stay up to date with him by liking his Facebook page and following him on Twitter.