Reports: Winter Classic could be canceled this week


Reports: Winter Classic could be canceled this week

According to several reports, the Winter Classic showpiece event for the NHL could be cancelled by the end of this week if there isnt a deal in place between the league and the NHLPA.

The NHL cancelled the regular season schedule through Nov. 30 at the end of last week, and it would appear that the Jan. 1 game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan could be next on the list. There is clause in the contract between the NHL and the University of Michigan that a cancellation of the Winter Classic will cost the NHL only their 100,000 deposit up until the end of this week.

If a cancellation comes Nov. 3 or after, the work stoppage clause is voided and the league would also have to reimburse the university for any out-of-pocket expenses reasonably occurred in connection with the outdoor game. Interestingly enough there is also a work stoppage clause in the contract allowing the NHL to push back to the date of the Winter Classic in Michigan if labor issues make it impossible to play on New Years Day.

The outdoor game would surely lose some of its punch if it werent held on Jan. 1, but theres also not a great deal lost for the players if the Winter Classic gets cancelled. Its essentially one of 82 games on the schedule for the members of the NHLPA while the league was expected to haul in a boatload of cash around the game and events held at the 104,000 plus seat football stadium home of the Michigan Wolverines.

Even under better lockout circumstances, it was expected the Winter Classic would have been cancelled by Nov. 15 given the advertising, planning and merchandising needs to prepare for the outdoor event.

This years Winter Classic was expected to be the biggest revenue-generator in the six-year history of the game given the capacity size and scope of the game involving a Canadian NHL team for the first time.

It takes a lot of time and it takes the commitment of a lot of money in order to put on the Winter Classic, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this month to a group of reporters. My understanding is at some point in the not-too-distant future we will have to commit many millions of dollars if were going to play the Winter Classic on Jan. 1. Obviously under these circumstances and all the uncertainty, were not going to commit the many millions of dollars if we dont think were going to have a deal.

And so the Winter Classic time frame, in terms of making that decision, is probably rapidly approaching.

There is some confusion about the reports released concerning the Winter Classic, however, as there was also a report floated last week that the Winter Classic and All-Star game were to be cancelled today. But that obviously hasnt happened yet and now the end of the week is seen as D-Day to the NHLs showpiece hockey event.

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox lose, but 'celebrate anyway'

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox lose, but 'celebrate anyway'

NEW YORK - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-3 loss in New York.



"I feel pretty good. Let's put it this way: Where we are now, I wouldn't want to play us going into the playoffs." - Red Sox principal owner John Henry

"I wanted to celebrate on that field so bad, but it is what it is. We end up being the first place team in the American League, and we're going to celebrate anyway." - David Ortiz, after the Red Sox lose on a walkoff, but clinch the division anyway.

“I’ll still be trying to hit the next four games, but if it just happens to be my last one (homer of his career), it’ll be pretty special." - Mark Teixeira, who's retiring Sunday and hit the walk-off grand slam.



* Joe Kelly became the first Red Sox pitcher to allow a walkoff grand slam since Julian Tavarez in 2006.

* Craig Kimbrel failed to record an out -- in 28 pitches -- marking the third time in 410 career appearances that that happened.

* Koji Uehara posted his 14th straight scoreless appearance.

* Brad Ziegler hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 19 appearances.

* Dustin Pedroia has scored five runs and knocked in seven in his last five games.

* Mookie Betts posted his major league-leading 66th multi-hit game.

* Clay Buchholz has a 2.63 ERA in his last seven starts.

* The one hit allowed by Buchholz marks the fewest hits allowed by him in a non-injury-shortened game since his no-hitter in 2007.

* The win marked only the second time the Red Sox have clinched the A.L. East away from home. The other time was in Cleveland in 1998.



1) Mark Teixeira

The first baseman is going out in style. In the final week of his career, he hit his second game-winning homer of the week, with Wednesday's being a walk-off grand slam.

2) Clay Buchholz

Buchholz was brilliant, allowing three baserunners -- an infield hit and two walks -- in six shutout innings.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts delivered what appeared to be the game's biggest blow -- a two-run chopped double in the eighth to break open a scoreless tie.