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Bettman tops $7M in pay

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman makes almost twice as much as he did pre-lockout. ...

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman makes almost twice as much as he did pre-lockout. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

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, Last Updated: 7:17 PM ET

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.

Numbers from the NHL's most recent tax filing also show the league's legal costs rose 48.6% during that same season to $3.94 million. The hike may be attributed, in part, to the start of a battle over control of the Phoenix Coyotes.

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

Following are NHL executives' salaries for 2008-09 as reported by SportsBusiness Journal based on tax filings:

  • Commissioner Gary Bettman $7,230,783
  • Deputy commissioner Bill Daly $1,910,402
  • Director of hockey operations Colin Campbell $1,389,142
  • Chief financial officer Craig Harnett $938,367
  • Chief operating officer John Collins $878,226
  • Strategist Ed Horne, who is no longer with the league, $794,238
  • General counsel David Zimmerman $577,394
  • EVP, finance, Joseph DeSousa $520,299
  • Director of officiating Stephen Walkom, who is no longer with the league, $488,736
  • SVP, hockey operations, Mike Murphy, $440,317


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