Since assuming the leadership of the NHL, Mr. Bettman’s record has been faltering and in his strategy to move to the U.S. Deep South, has been clearly disastrous. While the league tries to avoid the truth, several of these franchises will now collapse. Instead of admitting a mistake, Mr Bettman, backed by his near-sighted board, are fighting a futile and desperate rearguard battle, in the fortress Phoenix.
The controlling members of the NHL, ‘old boys club’, (still dealing with its dictatorial virus from the forty’s) are out of touch with the changing world of sport. Because of some veneer of success with the glitz of television and some truly amazing players – and the blinkered hockey media, they have constructed a hollow thing called the NHL. The crunch caused by the ill-conceived sortie into the south is a major mistake but the real problem is more dangerous – the systemic lack of foresight.
In their clumsy and doddering leadership, with Mr Bettman at the helm, they have spent their energy on steering the ship without having first read the weather report and charting a course.