Richard Nixon had his share of defenders.
Despite the criminal behavior that he engaged in that led to his resignation from the office of President of the United States, Nixon had his supporters.
They usually pointed to his overall intelligence and his acumen at foreign relations.
But those who supported him toned it down as his role in the Watergate cover-up was exposed and he was forced to leave his position.
Gary Bettman has strengths as commissioner of the NHL. However, he is presiding over the third lockout of his tenure.
In a sport that has struggled to play with the big boys—it is clearly No. 4 in the United States behind the NFL, Major League Baseball and the NBA—locking your players out and keeping the sport's passionate and devoted fans at bay is an awful way to do your job.
Especially when one of the tenets of your original hiring was to keep labor peace (source: New York Times).
Nevertheless, there are some positive things on Bettman's NHL resume. None of these mitigate the labor unrest that has been so prevalent during his term as commissioner, but they are worth recognizing.