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Some of the reasons we have a lockout at the moment is because NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is unwilling to correct some of his mistakes.
When you look at recent statistics, Bettman's mission to put teams in southern United States markets has proven to be, for the most part, a failed plan.
The Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes and Phoenix Coyotes are all in southern markets, and all of them finished in the bottom half of the league in revenues during the 2010-11 season, according to Forbes.
That same Forbes report shows that 18 of the league's 30 teams lost money during the 2010-11 season, and all of the teams I mentioned above were among the 18 teams that lost money. All of the seven teams listed also finished in the bottom third of attendance percentage for the 2011-12 season.
Revenue sharing would probably not be a major issue that the two sides cannot agree on right now if more than half of the league wasn't losing money. Since so many teams are not profitable, the players, owners or both parties have to craft their CBA proposals to help these struggling teams. This makes negotiating more difficult.
The number of mistakes and poor decisions that Bettman has made as commissioner since 1993 outweigh the number of good things that he's done for the game.
For the NHL to challenge the NBA, MLB and NFL in popularity and relevance, it needs a new commissioner.