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Gary Bettman made even more money last year

Aug 13, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman knows business is good as he managed to get a raise last year.

Chris Botta of Sports Business Journal reports Bettman pulled down nearly $8 million last season, up from $7.5 million the year before. With the owners duking it out with the players, the timing of this information becoming public couldn’t be more awkward.

More from Botta:

The filing reported compensation for nine of the NHL’s top officers. Several, including Bettman, received notable pay increases from the previous year. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly made $2.86 million in 2010-11 after making just more than $2 million the previous season. Chief Operating Officer John Collins received $1.25 million in bonus and incentive compensation directly tied to the league’s business growth. That bonus brought his total pay to $2.32 million, almost double his 2009-10 season compensation of $1.2 million.

It wasn’t all news about the heads of the NHL pulling down the big bucks as the league lost $14.7 million for its business operations. The league also paid out over $6 million to lawyers to help handle their situation with the Phoenix Coyotes.

The NHLPA is probably pleased at seeing this information come out now. It’s hard for the lead guy on the owners’ side to cry poor when his salary keeps going up.

  1. nobandwagoners - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I’ll give Bettman this – he works hard to save the owners money. So from that perspective it makes sense that the owners pay him,pay him well and give him a bump in pay when he achieves that objective. Bettman knows the hands that feed him.

    And, if the NHL gets its way in this round of bargaining and sticks it to the NHLPA on the point that really matters to the owners ($$), Bettman’s salary/bonus will skyrocket even more!

    • claysbar - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. We all love to trash the guy but it’s like getting mad at the bouncer at a bar when he tosses ya. Man is just doing his job.

      • sabatimus - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

        He is, but if the job he’s doing is despicable…

  2. dedds17 - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    the thing with his salary getting released is what do you think the players will think about that salary? but i agree he dose work for the small market owners to keep them close to the rest of the league those owners better pay him. But if there is no season where dose that get anyone?

    knowing the nhl is blowing that much on the yots is ridiculous they should have gone to Winnipeg when they had the chance lets face it the only time they get fans in the stands is playoff time and yeah i know you see that all around the league and being from detroit you see it alot here to but those seats are sold people just dont go to the game.

    but he should cap himself at 6 million

    • comeonnowguys - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      I get the Bettman hate, and I’m on board with it most of the time, but I want to see Kovalchuk, Hossa and Crosby tell Bettman his salary should be capped.

      • mpg44 - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        I do believe this is the best thing I’ve read on the site yet!!

      • kitshky - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM

        I’d like to see Kovalchuck, Hossa, and Crosby tell Bettman that his salary should be reduced … fair’s fair right?

  3. mgp1219 - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:14 PM


    • sabatimus - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      I’m going to start taking back that word. The only thing I’m occupying right now is my chair in front of this computer.

  4. revansrevenant - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    I think this article makes me expressing my opinion superfluous, as my reaction is probably shared by the vast majority of fans. So I’ll just say this: what gall.

  5. kingfooj - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    soo the main thing i got out of this article was that the league lost money and bettman got a raise. How many more things are there to not like about this guy

    • imleftcoast - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      “Get on Google Maps, look up Canada, pee on the monitor.” Hilarious.

  6. ct14flyers - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Hey the man has to eat you know.

  7. flyersfan67 - Aug 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    What a joke, 8 million plus a year for someone who turned the greatest leAgue with the greatest players, to a watered down league full of players who don’t e en belong in the ahl Pathetic

    • sabatimus - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Yep, those “ahl Pathetic” players sure are losing money for the “leAgue” (sic).

  8. flyers22 - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    not saying im a fan of bettman but how is the league watered down? hockey has never been better then it is right now in terms of player talent and fan viewership. There is not one player in the nhl who doesnt deserve to be there. The amount of work you have to put in to get to the nhl is unbelievable it doesnt matter if they play 1 game or 1000 games no player is in the nhl because they dont belong there and dont knock the ahl because thats where a lot of todays stars played at one point

  9. pantherpro - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Take those stupid nets down above glass. Everybody pay attention and no problem. You don’t see nets above dugouts or down line at baseball games where harder shots come off bat. It kills the view little man


    • kitshky - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      Seriously … that’s your contribution to the conversation.

      Google Brittanie Cecil, and if you already know the story …shoot yourself.

  10. vindicatus - Aug 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I don’t see how anyone can defend this overpaid troll, and if there’s another lockout, I don’t see how he should be able to keep his job. 3 lockouts in 18 years should speak for itself. The league commissioner should work for what’s best for the LEAGUE and not be a shill for the owners or the players or any other special interest.

  11. wsphloyd - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    ridiculous!!! Bettman needs to go…

    someone should buy ( and do something much better and bigger with it! it’s for sale!

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