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NHL Tax Filing Shows Gary Bettman Made $7.5M In '09-10, Up 4%

The NHL's most recent tax filing shows that Commissioner Gary Bettman's total compensation "increased 4 percent during the 2009-10 season, pushing his salary plus benefits to $7.5 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010," according to Fred Dreier of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. For '09-10, Bettman's "base salary was $5,787,524, other compensation $826,369, deferred compensation $877,597 and benefits $25,988." The NHL "declined to comment" on Bettman's pay increase. His salary "has doubled since the 2004-05 lockout, when he was paid" $3.7M. The chart below lists compensation for 10 of the league's top executives (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 7/25 issue).

EXEC POSITION
COMPENSATION*
Gary Bettman Commissioner
$7,517,478
Bill Daly Deputy Commissioner
$2,037,394
Colin Campbell Dir of Hockey Operations
$1,496,256
Craig Harnett CFO
$1,112,080
John Collins COO
$1,189,770
David Zimmerman General Counsel
$666,520
Joseph DeSousa Exec VP/Finance
$604,139
Donald Koharski Officiating Manager
$1,141,959
Robert Shick Officiating Manager
$505,213
Ed Horne** Senior Exec VP/Club Business &
Strategic Development
$811,573
     

NOTES: * = Total compensation includes base compensation, bonuses, other reportable compensation, deferred compensation and non-taxable benefits. ** = No longer works for the league.

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