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by Paul on 01/07/10 at 01:40 AM ET
from Andrew Gross of NorthJersey.com,
The window of opportunity to bring the NHL’s Winter Classic to Yankee Stadium in 2011 has been closed.
In September, the Yankees announced a new college football bowl to be played between Christmas and New Year’s Day. But there was a slim hope that until a television deal was reached, the game could be moved for one year to allow Yankee Stadium to host the annual outdoor NHL game.
But two industry sources said Wednesday that ESPN soon will announce a deal to televise the bowl game, with one source pinpointing the game would be played Dec. 30 with a 2 p.m. kickoff.
“The Yankees are still telling people it can happen but the NHL knows it can’t happen,” one source said.
However, that source indicated there still was interest on the part of the NHL and NBC to have the game in New York.
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