"You have to skate where the puck is going, not where it has been." Wayne Gretzky's statement could be the most famous aphorism of our lifetimes, yet still many ignore it.
That's why Irving Azoff continues to win. He can see where the puck is going. He's always two steps ahead, ask anybody who knows or deals with him, not the rabble rousers who talk crap about him, those with power learn to ignore the haters, otherwise they cannot succeed.