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11-13-2012, 09:59 AM
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Pilky01
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Bettman's statement at the beginning of the lock-out, about how fans will come back because they did last time, is a great example of how out of touch these two sides are.

This lockout is doing serious damage to the game, and even more serious damage to the league.

That fans have just 'accepted' that lock-outs are a part of the league now, and the cynicism that breeds, is HORRIBLE for the long-term growth of the NHL.

And still, I place most of that blame on the owners. They are the ones who are supposed to have the league's long term interests in mind because they are the ones who stand to benefit from that long term success. Yet here they are, for the second time in under a decade, about to cut off their nose to spite their face.

They behave like spoiled children. Getting exactly what they want isn't good enough. They demand it now.

And throw that same accusation at the players all you like, but they aren't supposed to be the "businessmen". They have no skin in the NHL's long term game so it shouldn't be on them to solve the league's problems.

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