Bettman tops $7M in pay
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