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The Almost $8 Million Dollar Man

via Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Journal (paid subscription),

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received almost $8 million in salary and benefits during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, according to the league’s most recent tax filing, up from a total compensation of $7.5 million the previous year.

added 9:50am, SBJ opened the link to all so you can continue reading if you desire…

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gowings's avatar

“SBJ opened the link to all so you can continue reading if you desire…”

No need, I got sick after the number 8M…

Posted by gowings from MTL on 08/13/12 at 11:15 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Will Li’l Gary take a 24%+ rollback?

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/13/12 at 11:16 AM ET

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Weber, Richards, Myers, Parise, Suter, Kovalchuk, Lecavalier, Malkin, Ovechkin, Staal, Richards…

and then Bettman.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/13/12 at 11:29 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Will Li’l Gary take a 24%+ rollback?

If the players are forced to take a 24% rollback, Butthead will likey get a 24% raise.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/13/12 at 12:39 PM ET

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received almost $8 million in salary and benefits during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, according to the league’s most recent tax filing, up from a total compensation of $7.5 million the previous year.

And he’s worth every cent…........... Just typing that sarcastic statement made me throw up in my mouth a little.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 08/13/12 at 12:56 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Just typing that sarcastic statement made me throw up in my mouth a little.

I had to throw out the sofa.

Posted by calquake on 08/13/12 at 01:31 PM ET

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Please stop using the term “NHL Commissioner” for Mr. Bettman. He does not serve the interest of the NHL, he is the owner’s representative.  He does nothing in the best interest of hockey unless it is to provide additional revenue. A true commissioner would be independent of the NHL owner’s and the NHLPA to do what is best for the league and be a go between between these two “partners”.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/13/12 at 01:39 PM ET

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Honestly, I just have a problem with the man who’s getting that $8M. I don’t have a problem with the salary itself.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/13/12 at 01:49 PM ET

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Is there any difference between serving the interests of the NHL and representing the owners?

The NHL is an association of clubs, governed by a board of governors appointed by the owners of those teams (who usually appoint themselves). The owners run the league, and hire (or fire) the commissioner.

Criticizing Bettman for supporting the owners is like criticizing a CEO for supporting his company’s shareholders.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 08/13/12 at 01:58 PM ET

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Considering where franchise values are and how much growth the revenue has seen on his watch, that’s probably a bargain. You’ll remember Bettman’s specific job is to make the owners money and execute their instructions. Not to make fans happy.

In fact, when fans are unhappy, his job is to be the patsy for the people who are actually making them unhappy, usually Jacobs and Snider. Half the people commenting here bit on that hook, line and sinker.

Posted by larry from pitt on 08/13/12 at 02:29 PM ET

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The owners come and go, a commisioner would have the autonomy to do what is best for the league, not just the current set of owners. The long term interests of the NHL may be in direct conflict with the wants and needs of the current owners. I expect Bettman to represent the owners,  that is why the NHL needs a commissioner to help mediate between the interests of the owners, NHLPA and maybe even the fans.

If the NY Giants had decided to work solely in their own self interests the NFL would be a completely different league than it is today. If the Giant ownership had been as shortsighted as the NHL’s big market teams you would have a much different sports landscape. Instead they chose the path of revenue sharing to grow the league and sustain smaller markets instead.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/13/12 at 03:01 PM ET

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well, the way i see it, Buttman is gonna need a salary rollback as well. The powers that be put him on the throne. He IS part of the operating costs. Start right there first, and get back to us for a counter proposal mmmmmkay…...........and we are going to need you to come in on saturday as well.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 08/13/12 at 07:21 PM ET

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The league’s revenues have tripled since the lockout and so has Bettman’s salary, but the system is completely broken and the league can’t move forward under the current climate.  Something about that doesn’t seem right.

The NHL: where the league’s head of officiating making 1/4 of a notorious screwup who has failed upwards happens.

Posted by RoneFace on 08/13/12 at 09:30 PM ET

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