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Report: Bettman made more than $7.5M in 2009-10

Posted on: July 25, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 2:12 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

For the third-straight year, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman enjoyed a pay raise last year as the NHL's head honcho.

SportsBusiness Journal reported that recent tax filings by the league showed Bettman made a shade more than $7.5 million (salary plus benefits) in the 2009-10 season. That breaks down to a base salary of $5.79 million, deferred compensation of $877,597, other compensation of $826,369 and benefits that came out to $25,988.

Ever wonder how the man seems to let moments like this video just roll off? That kind of money has to help.

There are no shortage of people who feel as if every penny Bettman earns above minimum wage is too much. It sure sounds as if the entire arena in Vancouver joined in for the chorus of boos on Bettman after the Canucks lost.

Bettman's salary has doubled since the lockout. While NHL revenue has gone up since then as well (from $2.1 billion to $2.9 billion), it doesn't match the increase Bettman has enjoyed. But for as much heat as Bettman takes -- more than any of the other major commissioners, proportionately -- he has overseen growth in recent seasons.

Whether it has been by any of his doing is a matter of debate, but what's not is the NHL's television numbers continue to rise, including record ratings for the Stanley Cup Finals this year.

Joining Bettman in the millionaire's club is Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly ($2.03 million), Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell ($1.5 million), Chief Financial Officer John Collins ($1.12 million) and Chief Operating Officer John Collins, ($1.19 million).

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Category: NHL
Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Report: Bettman made more than $7.5M in 2009-10

 Skyhawk, what is with your constant and unwavering support for Bettman? You must realize that you are in the minority when it comes to this topic. He has done a horrible job and he cares very little about the sport. You credit him for things he had very little control over ie rule changes etc. Bettman is a little weasel lawyer who came to the NHL from the NBA. He's just a low-life in an expensive suit in my eyes (and Im sure most hockey fans) He tried his very best to keep another team from returning to Canada.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Report: Bettman made more than $7.5M in 2009-10

The largest area of disagreement is expansion.
And that's where my largest disagreement is with many of the arguments about expansion from the Bettman bashers (plenty of good arguments to bash him in other areas though, imo).   Owners approve of expansion, and they are always willing to make more money (easy expansion or relocation fee spread to existing owners).   Bettman does analysis and presentations to the owners of prospective buyers, he doesn't make the decisions on relocations or expansion.  

Gary is not responsible for hockey in Florida, that was done before he got there.   (FYI, Dallas is on track to be bought for around 230 million making it possibly in the top 10 most valuable franchises, and top 12 at a minimum according to a june article from Forbes and other sources).  Gary is not responsible for many of the common gripes from fans besides the ones about relocation and expansion.    There are good arguments to hate Gary, but I strongly disagree that a different commissioner would have stopped many of the problems of the league or the relocation and expansion of a number of the franchises.





Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:14 am
 

Report: Bettman made more than $7.5M in 2009-10

It continues to amaze me that Bettman is viewed by so many as worse than Selig for the sport, more inept and incompetent than Stern, more power hungry than Goodell, and more removed from the fans and crazier about expansion than Brian France (Nascar).   If people think Bettman is bad, I hope they realize it could be much, much worse.
Nope, they never will. That anyone is still calling Bettman the worst commissioner in sports says how far removed they are from the other sports. Unless David Stern, Roger Goodell and Bud Selig were all in a plane crash, Gary Bettman isn't anywhere close to being the worst commissioner in sports.



Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:52 pm
 

Report: Bettman made more than $7.5M in 2009-10

Mr. Bob,


The largest area of disagreement is expansion.  Hockey should stay a regional US sport.  Trying to appeal to a nationwide audience has caused weak franchises to exist in Florida, Georgia, and in my opinion, Dallas.  That attempt to appeal to all has caused a decrease in fighting (a perceived positive) but an increase in stick and body violence.  I do think that Bettman has been a terrible solution to hockey's passage into the next generation.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Report: Bettman made more than $7.5M in 2009-10

Fun clip Slump, lol.   Never followed Neely very close for whatever reason.    I don't think anybody liked Bettman in 94, 95, until 97-98 when he fleeced ESPN in a way that makes the NBA tv contract look respectable by comparison.   Trust Cheli, lol, not off the ice unless he's on your side in a bar fight.    Funny, Chelios realized that it was Wirtz, Jacobs, and the dinosaurs pulling Gary's strings in 94 and changed his tune later, prior to being an engineer for the lockout a decade later.    League would be fighting with tennis on USA network if players ran things and Gretzky would have added the shootout a decade earlier, don't know about what Neely would do.



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Report: Bettman made more than $7.5M in 2009-10



Not a hard decision for me who to side with, Gretzky, Chelios and Neely over bettman 7 days of the week 365 days of the year.

Could care less how he compares to the other sports commissioners.

We could have a worse commish, lol. Yeah I could say same thing with Bush Jr was President and Nixon too. Things could always be worse can be applied to anything under the sun but doesn't make it an acceptable excuse.

17 years on the job, woot! Sports commissioners have the best job security out of any profession apparently.






Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Report: Bettman made more than $7.5M in 2009-10

The NHL was awesome this year.  The clutch and grab is going away and people are hitting digging and skating.  THe NHL was just plain fun to watch.  All the diehard...sorry the game you want is not a viewable game.  I am a "basketball guy"...I love smothering defense with physicality but that game is horrible to watch.  When you watch Michigan St play Wisconsin you get 52-48 games and that is just painful.  So Bettman is making changes to broaden the viewership and it is working.  Scoring brings in viewers.  Look at college football offenses?  Look at passing in the NFL?  Look at the NBA who blows the whistle if you breath on a person...scoring brings viewers.  So stop the clutch and grabbing.  Take out the head hunters because I want to see Sydney Crosby play and not sit out.  Sorry but 50 60 bucks a tickets I want to see stars!  So Gary Bettman is doing what a great business man does.  Making the changes necessary to bring in viewership and sponsors.  Can't say he is doing a bad job when he is succeeding in this area.  It is about the casual fan as there are many more of those than the diehard because the diehard will continue to watch and they know it.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:09 am
 

Report: Bettman made more than $7.5M in 2009-10

It continues to amaze me that Bettman is viewed by so many as worse than Selig for the sport, more inept and incompetent than Stern, more power hungry than Goodell, and more removed from the fans and crazier about expansion than Brian France (Nascar).   If people think Bettman is bad, I hope they realize it could be much, much worse.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:58 am
 

Report: Bettman made more than $7.5M in 2009-10

 Easily the worst commissioner in sports... And that's really saying something. That's what happens when you hire a lawyer from the NBA who has never played hockey and could care less about the sport. Get rid of this clown and gring someone in who actually cares about the game.



Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:09 am
 

Report: Bettman made more than $7.5M in 2009-10

I don't think he's doing that badly. This year's Cup Finals brought in more viewers in years, and his salary is less than other commissioners' salaries, so what's the big deal? Sure, Vancouver fans booed the crap out of him during the presentation, but some of those clowns also rioted afterwards. I know... It was only a small percentage of the fans who trashed the city, but I also have a tough time believing that every fan in the building booed Bettman. Enough fans booed to be heard, and enough burned the cop cars to get on TV. Bettman's in one of the toughest positions in sports. I'm a diehard hockey fan, but let's face it, reruns of South Park probably get better ratings than NHL games. The fact that he's overseeing a growth of viewership throughout the league remains something to be thankful for.


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