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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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Hell yes he does, maybe people need to look at the overall state of hockey now compared to 10-15 years ago, Struggling teams, heck edmonton calgary and vancouver just about left, through Bettmen the league is better then ever, the game is more competitive, heck what other league has 93% of their teams in playoff contention up until the last week of the regular season. Over all revenues have been increasing ever year, tv viewerships are up, exposure of the game is up. When then NHL is beating the NBA in viewership for the playoffs i say someone is doing something right. Its not all about canada people its about growing the sport, and increasing exposure so that more people become interested in the game and more young people start playing it, you just have to look at the draft this year to see how many more southern american players are going in the first few rounds. The NHL is the only league that is growing, where every other league is in decline or stagnant. I dont think he is getting paid enough for the over good he has done to hockey in north american and overseas. I just wish people would stop with this whining about canada and we need another team. We dont have any more teams then we do for very good reasons and all of the other owners seem to agree with how things are going or else Bettman would not be there. Be thankful we have him and not some push over that gives into anyones demand. I say this as a proud canadian and edmontonian
mike, 2010-07-13 03:25:34

Gary certainly should not be in his current position. I personally think he is a tad mad. His quest to turn the US into a "hockey nation", to fill the southern US with successful franchises and above all land the "big US network deal" smacks of Captain Ahab hunting his white whale. I think the man is out of his mind, obsessed with an unfulfillable quest and willing to destroy all that he has to fill it.
Rob White, 2010-07-13 02:47:40

You can't be serious?
Gavin, 2010-07-13 02:26:51

noooooooooooooooooooooooo
rob, 2010-07-13 02:19:30

Sure he deserves his enormous salary. He has done an admirable job dismantling Canadian Hockey and turning it into some bastardized American version, just what he was hired to do. Now if you graded him on the success of his Americanization of the NHL, poor attendance, bankruptcy etc, then he is an utter failure, not worth 720 cents.
Hockey Fan, 2010-07-13 02:08:54

any so called commisioner who refuses to give losing markets to canadian hockey loving cities who not only deserve it but would inrichen it dearly is clearly not doing his job that canadian hating little weasle.but with a smile on his face he'll tell us to be patient and that those canadian cities will be looked at in the near future.a raise, how about a job as the american owners butt kisser, oh wait thats what hes got now
rob, 2010-07-13 02:07:32

Roger Goodell should be the highest paid as per the revenue that the NFL generates. Unfortunately, MLB is a joke these days and the NHL is the AHL on roids.
kevin, 2010-07-13 01:00:47

Life gets more ludicrous every day! That kind of pay for being a "coordinator" is obsene.
Don Taylor, 2010-07-13 00:47:23

This JERK deserves a pink slip!!!!!!!!!!!
Ken Prescott, 2010-07-13 00:46:05

Don't like him at all. Bad for Canada. Bad for hockey. He is a pushy american dictator ruining our sport.
Gordon, 2010-07-13 00:39:55

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