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Motor City, here we come?

Updated: January 2, 2012, 11:29 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- If the NHL's Winter Classic takes place in Detroit next Jan. 1, as multiple sources have told ESPN.com is a distinct possibility, it would represent a no-brainer of a decision for the league.

But the success of the event from a marketing and profile standpoint means the league will have an ongoing dilemma with how to balance opening up the event to more teams and markets while ensuring that the team's top franchises and biggest markets are showcased.

Detroit makes sense ...

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