When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman flatly dismissed the contract proposal of the league’s players’ association this week, he did so by airily noting that the players had failed to recognize “the economics in our world,” referring specifically to “what recently happened with the NFL and the NBA.”

The implication was that players in those other leagues came to understand that their economics were out of whack, and that they helped team owners put their leagues on more sound footing. Such selfless heroes those guys were, not like these obstinate hockey players.

What happened, actually, in each of those leagues was rather more simple: the players took a giant salary haircut, and the owners were left with a much larger pot of money for themselves.