New York Times: In case of lockout, NHL can cancel Winter Classic up to day of game
Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com
Should such a cancellation occur, the University of Michigan would have to refund all but $100,000 of the $3 million rental fee the league is paying, according to the article.
The current contract between the league and players expires Sept. 15.
The Winter Classic is scheduled to feature the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs in a game the NHL hopes will break the world record for hockey attendance, which was set at the Big Chill in 2010 when U-M faced Michigan State University at Michigan Stadium to a crowd of 104,173. The league hopes to pack the Big House with about 115,000 spectators.