I'm basing it more on the sum total of his career than any PR attempts by Fehr.
3 CBA negotiations. 3 lockouts.
1st major North American pro sport to lose a season due to a labor dispute. Other leagues have similar issues and problems but have managed to solve them without losing an entire season.
1,780 games lost to lockout under his watch and counting. That is by far more than any of the big pro sports.
How is that not a failure? The NHL commissioner is not just a shill for ownership, part of his job is to protect the integrity and public confidence in the league. The commissioners of other leagues have to deal with owners just like Bettman does.
7 years after losing an entire season to implement a hard cap, with an increase in revenue of 50% since the last CBA, there's no way there should be a lockout right now. Bettman and his hardliners want too much too fast. And unlike in 1995, the owners aren't going to be able to overrule him and salvage the season.
it is a failure. but the owners are just as much to blame as bettman
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