I think itís really scary what the women are doing but itís also maybe good to find out where you stand. Bettman wouldnít owe them a league, except for the fact that he has said if there was no league he would roll one out. So thatís where the pressure on the NHL is coming from. Plus Cassie Campbell went hard about a year ago saying the NHL has a plan, etc.
But we only have to look to this past weekend when the CW had its auction to know that when it mattered people with power, not just the NHL, were silent and left the women to struggle.
Itís interesting to hear people say thereís no market for this. The women havenít been given a fair chance to create the market. Look at yesterday when social media exploded in a negative way because the women dared to want better for themselves. Itís just one example of the challenges the women face. But the thing is, we know the potential for a market exists - Whitecaps, Beauts, Canadiennes, and to a lesser extent the Pride, all had good support. Minnesota and Wisconsin get great crowds in college. This is not impossible.
One of the most encouraging things I saw yesterday was Bauer Hockeyís advertisement and statement. Hopefully more corporations, media and everyday fans will see the benefit of supporting womenís hockey.