Gary Bettman has the unenviable job of trotting out in front of 20,000 booing fans every June to hand out the Stanley Cup, but if his reported salary in the 2013-14 season is any indication, he’s more than fairly compensated for being one of the most polarizing figures in hockey.
According to the Sports Business Journal’s Ian Thomas, Bettman, 63, had a base salary of $9.49 million for the 2013-14 season, while his total compensation including benefits rose over the $9.6-million mark. The period of payment for Bettman began on July 1, 2013 — the day free agency opened for the NHL — and concluded on June 30, 2014.
Per Thomas, Bettman’s $9.6 million in earnings was up significantly from the $8.85 million he earned in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
Bettman’s earnings were the highest of any of the NHL executives. Other key figures, such as deputy commissioner Bill Daly ($3.12 million), senior executive vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell ($1.62 million) and chief operating officer John Collins ($2.21 million), earned less.
The NHL reported a loss of $8.47 million in 2013-14, a significant improvement from the nearly $72 million the league lost in 2012-13 during the work stoppage. As far as revenue generation, the league made roughly $3.7 billion in 2013-14.
The tax filings were made public, Thomas wrote, because the NHL still holds tax-exempt status, making it the only major league in North America to have such status.