Canceling Winter Classic Would Be Disastrous

Canceling Winter Classic Would Be Disastrous

As I read through another self-righteously indignant news release from NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, it struck me that the NHL's players and the equally self-righteous and indignant owners truly exist in a kind of bubble.

Now, it might be comfy and warm in there, but it's about time for a little reality to intrude.

On Thursday, or possibly Friday, the NHL will cancel the Winter Classic set for Jan. 1 in Ann Arbor, Mich., and all of the attendant events that would have surrounded the signature event of the NHL's regular season, multiple sources have told ESPN.com.

Unlike the games through Nov. 30 -- some 26.5 percent of the 2012-13 regular season -- that were previously canned by the NHL, this one can't get un-canned.

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