The lockout would have happened no matter what because the owners wanted too many concessions from the PA. I'll support the people that make the games worth watching and those that represent them. Bettman doesn't shoulder all of the blame but Fehr doesn't get an equal share, if there's true villains it was the hardline owners who wanted to take 15% of the split away from the players and on top of that wanted huge rollbacks and other concessions, while they are bringing in record revenue. This wasn't players vs owners, this was owners vs owners and when the system is tipped so that only 8 owners had to side with Bettman to lock the players out they deserve the blame. This wasn't the players striking for a bigger share of revenues or for something stupid.