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With Lockout Looming, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Fairing Well Financially

NHL Commissioner Gary BettmanDespite comments made by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman last week about the possibility of another league lockout if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached by Sept. 15, Bettman still seems to be fairing well financially.

Since the NHL’s previous lockout in 2004-05, Bettman’s salary has more than doubled, reaching nearly $8 million in 2010-11. For the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2011, Bettman’s salary rose almost $500,000 from the previous season.

According to SportsBusiness Journal, “Bettman’s base salary for the 2010-11 season was $6,090,173. Other compensation was $1,711,930. He also received $155,782 in deferred compensation and $25,868 in benefits.”

Compared to the MLB and NFL, both Bud Selig and Roger Goodell’s annual salaries total in the ballpark of $20 million, respectively. While NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman‘s salary is far less, there is still cause for concern from the NHLPA when Bettman resides on the owners’ side of the negotiating table during discussions for a new CBA.

Increases For Personnel Besides NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman

The tax filing reported additional increases in compensation for some of the league’s top personnel, including NHL Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly, and Chief Operating Officer, John Collins.

Daly’s pay increased from $2 million in 2009-10 to $2.86 million the following year while Collins’ pay almost doubled in 2010-11 to $2.32 million. With the recent news, it will be interesting to see how the NHLPA uses this recently-acquired knowledge to its advantage as it looks to escape another work stoppage.

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