The league would forfeit only $100,000 of its $3 million stadium rental fee, according to the contract. The rest of the fee would be refunded by the university.
The contract provisions give the league some leeway for salvaging its showcase event should a lockout delay the start of the 2012-13 season, enabling the N.H.L. to hold the Winter Classic even if a lockout is settled in late December.
- This does provide a sliver of hope, but still doesn't prevent any kind of work stoppage from happening. Yes, the League would only lose $100k just to cancel the event, which in my mind, wouldn't be catastrophic, but would lose millions in merchandise, ticket sales and ad revenue.
- It's become an extremely popular event and helped give the NHL news fans and popularity. If it's cancelled due to a work stoppage, good luck starting from scratch.
quite frankly i could care less about the winter classic. what i and everyone else wants is the season to start at it's appointed time. no f***ing bulls**t. what needs to be done is that the fans need to be putting pressure on the league's owners to get the deal done and do it now. no going back and forth, this and that crap.
If I was the players I would hold the Classic hostage. The League makes a ton of money from the Classic. If the Owners play hardball so should the Players.
Money, money, money. They have forgotten about the fans, without us you have no damn money, get that through your thick-headed skulls.