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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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if his job is to keep another canadian city from getting a hockey team then he is worth every penny. he is doing all he can to keep a money sucking team in pheonix insted of putting it back in winnipeg where people would actually go to the game.
trevor, 2010-07-12 22:13:25

Seriously!?!.....I wouldn't pay him 7cents. I'm still shocked he even still has the job as he's been terrible at it constantly....always seems to be covering his tail for mistakes he's constantly making and screwing everything up! How come he hasn't been fired yet? Who makes these decisions the owners? What does Bettman have dirt on 51% of the owners that they won't can him???......just halarious......just a joke.
Leaf fan, 2010-07-12 21:49:36

He caters to the American market too much, but I think he is a very intelligent man. He did get the players to accept a salary cap, which is huge for the owners, and not great for the players. He played Trevor Linden for a fool.
terry, 2010-07-12 21:37:26

Are you kidding? After what he's done for the NHL, he should be paying them in compensation! Throw the bum out!
Anne, 2010-07-12 21:36:28

The man does not deserve that kind of cash, He is nothing but a whiner and complainer, and not letting Pheonix relocate to a better market blows me away.
john, 2010-07-12 21:23:17

Bettman has done nothing to improve the NHL. No TV deal....Never puts a team in competitive markets...he's a dictator not a commissioner. Fire him and appoint a Hockey person....preferrably one from Canada that knows hockey and I don't mean Don Cherry
Pappy, 2010-07-12 21:11:28

Gary Bettman is an American & as they say "blood is thicker than water" he will always look out for the best interest of the American teams& no matter how many times he says that is not true,he is lieing through that little man syndromes teeth.They should get rid of him & get somebody in that position who will not be partial to one country or another.As for his salary he his way overpaid for the job he has done.
Court, 2010-07-12 21:09:23

Gary is a failure. He was brought in specifically to sell hockey to the US, and teams are lining up to move to Canada.
KW, 2010-07-12 21:05:54

Who hired this guy in the first place? There will not be another NHL Canadian Team in the Canada as long as he's at the helm. He definitely doesn't deserve the outrageous $7 Million salary.
Brian Allemang, 2010-07-12 21:04:01

It's sad that someone actually argues that he deserves 'millions' of dollars to do what he does. And ... what is his TOTAL salary (benefits, perks, bonuses?)

In different terms, it's like 145 people working for $50,000 / year. Does he even work a full year?

Sorry, I know things will never change ... and he'll probably get a bigger raise next year.
Trev, 2010-07-12 21:02:48

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