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No Carrier Classic on USS Yorktown this year

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The Carrier Classic won't return to the USS Yorktown this fall after a failed debut last year, according to a Charleston Post & Courier report.

Last year, condensation formed on the wooden surface built atop the flight deck of the aircraft carrier, forcing the cancellation of the men's game between Ohio State and Marquette. Though officials for Morale Entertainment, the event's promoter, said they corrected the problem, organizers decided to play it safe.

"My grandfather had a saying, 'You don't learn anything from a second mule kick,'" Mac Burdette, executive director at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, told the paper. "We got kicked by the mule the first time and we learned our lesson. We simply came to the realization that the risks for putting an event like this far outweighed the reward."

Burdette didn't eliminate the possibility of a future game on the Yorktown if a major television network came assumed most of the financial risk.

"If one of the networks or ESPN approached us, we'd definitely consider it," Burdette said. "You need that kind of muscle behind an event like this to make it worthwhile. We expended a great deal of man hours, logistical support and resources into the game last year and Mother Nature didn't cooperate."

Timing of the event was also an issue. The NCAA regulates when teams can start the season, leaving Veteran's Day weekend as the only logical scheduling time, but competing with college football and the NFL presents conflicts.

"You've basically got to hold it on a Friday night," Burdette said. "...And if you get bad weather that night, as we found out, it's not going to happen."
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