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Does Gary Bettman deserve his $7M salary?
Mon, July 12, 2010

QMI Agency

Commissioner Gary Bettman's pay package increased to $7.23 million US in 2008-09, the SportsBusiness Journal reported Monday.

While his pay rose just 1.7% from the previous season, Bettman's compensation has almost doubled since his pre-lockout total of $3.77 million.

Bettman's pay ranks behind MLB commissioner Bud Selig ($18.35 million) and NFL boss Roger Goodell ($10.9 million).

Given that other sports leagues in North America pay their top boss more, do you think Bettman is adequately compensated for his work leading the NHL? Have your say in our forum.

Bettman tops $7M in pay



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BTW.........Did he forget, this is a Canadian sport. Where does he get off telling us Hamilton won't get a team!!!!!!!!!!!

JERK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
btrim, 2010-07-13 19:14:03

Get rid of this loser
btrim, 2010-07-13 19:08:11

@Dan, 2010-07-13 11:49:44

First of all, Bettman's failure to secure the "holy grail" of a lucrative national US TV deal is why his salary should not have almost doubled since the lockout. Second, the advent of the Internet will/has made the national US cable deal a moot point.
drew, 2010-07-13 15:48:26

Bettman's in a no-win always situation, always forced on the defence by uninformed players & fans. They attack him every chance they get. For example, Ron Maclean's so busy attacking and then being corrected by Bettman that Maclean looks like a fool.

In spite of 'star struck' fans & arrogant millionaire players he's a get-it-done guy in the trenches in a tough job, that's the kind of guy I'd want to hire.

BTW, why aren't you asking this about guys who play a kids game skating around with a puck! jeesh.
eddie b, 2010-07-13 15:12:24

Unbelievable! what positive things has he done for the league?
Jon, 2010-07-13 14:41:19

Short and sweet NFW!
bigberg, 2010-07-13 14:17:19

First, I live in Calgary, am still a US citizen, but I love the game of hockey. Fast and exciting.

Execs gat paid a lot and their worth is hard to define, and whether Bettman is adequately paid seems to be less of an issue here, moreso the amount of American teams vs Canadian teams and Bettman's part in the non-expansion or movement into Canadian markets. I don't like the guy, but his hands are also tied by 3 factors.

- Owners and their market share

- Not a major sport in the US

- Marketing small market teams to the big TV deal is difficult to negotiate.

The ratio seems to have always been about 25% to 30% of Canadian teams to American teams. Other than Ontario, I am not sure where other teams could be viable in Canada. It is probably better for teams in the US to actually fold, reducing the total number. Eastern Canada and Northeast US have the largest population and thus can support the teams to profitability and value and these markets are already mostly saturated, given the level of support amongst the major sports in N.A.

I see Canadians daily and their passion for hockey is amazing. I do have a bit of an issue with the "It's our game" always being used. What exactly does that mean? I actually like the international hockey in Olympics and world hockey and most of these players are in NHL teams. I have asked the question if it is your game, does Canada receive royalties or compensation by the international community to allow them to play? That is being a bit short-sighted as this is an international sport, albiet played in northern countries.


American Guy, 2010-07-13 14:03:07

Bettman is a JOKE! He deserves nothing...replace him before the NHL loses more credibility.
Scott, 2010-07-13 13:39:23

Hmmmmm A pay hike for being possibly the WORST business man of the decade.

Failing to recognize his own clientele, the ergonomics of the game...

If this was any other business He'd be run right our of the office for putting in money to keep non profiting franchises afloat. In the NHL though that seems to be a viable business tactic....

GOOD on you NHL! Good on you!.......
JohnZ, 2010-07-13 13:10:59

From the owners standpoint (who are his employers after all), absolutely. He seems to be doing very well by the majority of them, and he does a good job taking the heat for decisions that do not sit well with fans. From a fan standpoint, he does seem to be making a complete mess of it all.

Don Cherry for league Prez!
zuggy, 2010-07-13 13:08:55

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