NHL Lockout: Gary Bettman Is Not to Blame, and Here’s Why

November 6th, 2012 by Jonathan Reid Leave a reply »
Gary Bettman isn't exactly a fan favorite around the NHL, even when hockey is being played and labor disputes aren't on the minds of most fans around the league.

During a lockout however, Bettman is vilified more than anyone in the hockey world.

While the media tends to be anti-Bettman to a certain extent, most fans are ruthless with their mockery and hatred for the NHL's most successful commissioner.

This may not be the most popular stance to take, but folks, Gary Bettman is not the primary culprit in this situation. I'd go as far as saying that he shares less than 25% of the blame for this mess.

Remember, he is the face of the owners. Just as Donald Fehr is the face of the players.

It is the hard-line owners who hold up these negotiations, more so than Bettman does.

The second reason that Bettman isn't to blame when it comes to this lockout is that he's helping people run businesses.

In the business world, owners assume all the risk and absorb all the losses, while the employees take home their salary and whatever benefits they are afforded.

Problem is, the owners only take home 43% of the rev ...

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