The National Hockey League's explanation that it "ran out of time" to keep the Winter Classic on its schedule of planned events is a hollow excuse for canceling the event. When so much revenue is tied in to a one-day event, you go ahead and keep planning it in as per normal for as long as possible. Canceling 59 days ahead hardly qualified.
Was it the $3 million owed to rent Michigan Stadium? It
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