SBD/September 4, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's Salary, Benefits Topped $8M For '11-12 Season

Bettman's salary more than doubled from '03-04 to '11-12

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s salary and benefits "climbed to more than" $8M for the '11-12 season, the most recent full season prior to the '12-13 lockout, according to tax documents cited by Christopher Botta of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Bettman received more than $8.3M in "salary and benefits during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012." His "total compensation the previous year" was $7.98M. Bettman’s "base salary" for the '11-12 season was $6,395,521. Payment "defined as other compensation" was $1,816,628. He also received $65,795 in "deferred compensation and $28,800 in benefits." Bettman’s salary has "more than doubled over a period that has seen the league’s total revenue increase" from $2.1B in '03-04 to $3.2B for '11-12. In the lockout-canceled season of '04-05, Bettman made $3.7M. The annual tax filings "cover the NHL’s central business operations and do not include the team-level and other businesses that play a part in totaling projected league revenue each season." On the whole, the league "posted a loss for its business" of $3.6M for '11-12, versus a loss of $14.8M the previous season (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/2 issue).

NHL EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION DURING '11-12 SEASON
EXEC TITLE
COMPENSATION*
Gary Bettman Commissioner
$8,306,744
Bill Daly Deputy Commissioner
$3,263,004
John Collins COO
$2,917,751
Colin Campbell Senior Exec VP/Hockey Operations
$1,684,698
Craig Harnett CFO
$1,230,034
David Zimmerman Exec VP, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel
$833,987
Joseph DeSousa Exec VP/Finance
$733,490
David Proper Exec VP/Media Strategies & Distribution
$714,302
Michael Murphy Senior VP/Hockey Operations
$628,534
     

NOTES: Figures are for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2012 and come from Form 990, Department of the Treasury and IRS. * = Total includes base compensation, bonuses, other reportable compensation, deferred compensation and nontaxable benefits.

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