The NHL Lockout has already wiped out 2012-2013 regular season games through the month of November. It has taken out the preseason, exhibition games and approximately 25 games for each NHL team.
The latest victim of the NHL Lockout is the Winter Classic.
While I acknowledge the fact that I have said that the NHL chose a poor day to hold their annual Winter Classic, it has nonetheless become a staple of the league. It is something that fans look forward to watching every season, seeing just what a different venue looks like while hosting a professional hockey game. We have seen games already played at baseball stadiums and, on January 1, 2013, we were supposed to see the game held at Michigan Stadium, also known as “The Big House.”
That has now also been scrapped sue to the bickering over money between millionaires and billionaires.
It has long since been believed that the majority of the NHL owners would have no problem whatsoever cancelling the entire 2012-2013 NHL season. No preseason. No regular season. No Winter Classic. No All-Star Game. No Playoffs. No Stanley Cup Finals. Most owners have felt as if they would lose less money by not playing than they would if they went through with the old collective bargaining agreement guidelines.
Now, we are starting to see all of that play out right in front of our very eyes.
The league is serious about not budging. The players have shown a similar stance. With games through November already lost, as well as the Winter Classic the first day of January, one can only wonder when the NHL will cancel the entire season.
It may be the next step, and it may not be that far off from being announced.