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11-27-2012, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by moosehead81 View Post
"One of the most successful commissioners in NA sports"- really? Even the most anti NHLPA writers on this board would likely disagree with that phrase. Notwithstanding the truculance of the PA, this commissioner has led 3 lockouts costing the league probably more than $4 billion in revenue. If that's success, I'd hate to see failure.
Arguing that the last lockout is really an awful black mark in Bettman's resume pretty much requires an assumption that the League would have been better of during the last 7 years without cap, because an agreement with cap was not really available until the season was lost.

This time is vastly different and if Bettman manages to lose an entire season this time, it will be a true black mark in his legacy. But if he ends able able to get good deal for the owners without losing the entire season, he will be among the best. Hated, but accomplished.

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