How could they let this happen? I thought that rich businessmen bought sports franchises. You'd think they would make good businessmen. It looks like they got lucky in business. A smart businessman wouldn't allow the NHL to lockout the players and risk losing part or all of a season.
A smart businessman would recognize that the NHL is coming off it's best year in its history (2011/12).
A smart businessman would want to capitalize on that success during the current season. A smart businessman would understand that if the NHL misses any part of their season, they would not be able recoup the losses. I don't mean just the revenue lost from those games but the fans lost forever or for a long time.
A smart businessman would understand that the NHL can't afford a long lockout like the NBA had. The NBA has a much bigger and more loyal fan base when it comes to the United States. A smart businessman would avoid a lockout.
So I've clearly identified that NHL owners don't seem so smart. It's clear that their heads are stuck so far up their backsides that they can't think or see clearly. Maybe that's why they plan on treating their fans like cow dung.
A Smart businessman understands that their customers are important to their business. A smart and good businessman would do everything to keep their customers. NHL owners should understand who pays the bills in the NHL. Without the fan, the NHL is nothing.
This fan is extremely upset that their are so many stupid people that run the NHL. From Gary Bettman (NHL) to Donald Fehr (NHLPA), these people make the NHL look like a laughing stock.
I'm mad because only a complete and utter moron would risk losing everything. In this contract disputer, the NHL has two sides who can't see clearly and an ownership group that is so idiotic that the league could be harmed forever.
Back to my original question. How could they let this happen? I have no idea. It defies logic, common sense and wisdom. NHL owners are void of all those qualities.