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
If he deserves $7 million for that, I deserve about $50 million for providing plants with carbon dioxide when I breathe out.
Adam, 2010-07-13 12:47:17
Buttman (yes Bon Cop, Bad Cop got it right) cannot get Southern US states interested in hockey no more than you can sell the NBA to Canada. Is the NHL truly better off with 30 teams? I believe we've diluted the pool of talent with hacks that can barely skate. Time to trim back to 24 viable teams. Buttman won't hear of it of course.
Pete in Vancouver, 2010-07-13 11:06:40
Lord knows I'm no fan of Bettman, but the cap was an absolute necessity requiring proper scouting, drafting, signing. The Leafs had none of that for far too long which is why they are where they are. Not Bettman.
Or would you rather have the baseball system where 4 or 5 teams sign whoever they wish, where there is NO universal draft, thereby allowing the better Japanes, Caribbean/South American etc players go where they wish. Which isn't the Kansas City's of the world. In Steinbrenner's obituary column they say he "won" 7 World Series. No, he BOUGHT 7 World Series.
Or maybe you want to emulate the NBA which allows collusion among the players, Bosh, James etc in Miami, but God help them if the owners tried to restore some semblance of balance.
No, Bettman has many many faults - but bringing in the cap is not among them.
Gary O., 2010-07-13 10:59:38
So the quetiond oes he deserve to make top salary as are some of the athletes ..NO! Time to go Gary!
RM, 2010-07-13 10:43:26