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Bettman’s Compensation Plan

via Fred Dreier of SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub),

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s total compensation increased 4 percent during the 2009-10 season, pushing his salary plus benefits to $7.5 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, according to the league’s most recent tax filing.

added 12:36pm, The link above now shows the whole story and answers some of the questions left in the comments.

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MNWing's avatar

Wow—big salary for a troll!  Talk about needing a salary cap…..

Posted by MNWing on 07/25/11 at 11:09 AM ET


Anyone have the salaries of the other commissioners?  Without that, it’s tough to judge. 

And Bettman is more of a puppet than a troll.  He does what 30 others want and takes most of the heat for it.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 07/25/11 at 11:31 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Why is he making more than Lidstrom?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 07/25/11 at 11:58 AM ET


Don’t know how reliable this is but it was the only thing I could find:

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 07/25/11 at 01:28 PM ET


For being the chief executive of a $2.9 billion business, that’s not really a lot.

Other commissioner salaries here

Posted by steviesteve on 07/25/11 at 01:30 PM ET

Number9Loyalist's avatar

My astonishment comes not from his salary amount as much as his contract being renewed.  I am certain their are brilliant people, with first hand experience in the NHL, that could better serve this amazing sport.  Having someone who can’t even walk and chew gum, let alone play a game on skates, seems absurd.  Oh, and then there is his track record.  #9

Posted by Number9Loyalist on 07/25/11 at 01:34 PM ET


Bettman’s paid 50 cents for every fan that hates his guts, so 7.5 mil a year in cash sounds about right.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/25/11 at 02:21 PM ET

Paul's avatar

The link to the story now shows the whole story.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/25/11 at 02:37 PM ET

Doug Miller's avatar

Wow, I had no idea Bettman was getting paid that much. Seems like a gross injustice compared to the average NHL salary…

While, I know what my first issue would be when the new CBA talks start next year… ha!

Posted by Doug Miller from Wyandotte, MI on 07/25/11 at 03:32 PM ET

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