NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s latest salary revealed

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s latest salary revealed
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman listens as he meets with reporters after a meeting with team owners, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 in New York. The current collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players expires Saturday at midnight. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman took in more than $9.6 million in salary and benefits during the NHL’s 2013-14 season, according to the league’s most recently released annual tax filing.

SportsBusiness Journal writer Ian Thomas reported the figure Monday.

Bettman’s 2013-14 earnings mark a year-over-year increase of approximately $800,000 from the 2012-13 season, which was marred by a lockout.

A number of the NHL’s other key executives also saw increases in compensation.

Bettman’s annual income has steadily risen since the 2004-05 lockout, which saw the entire hockey season cancelled. In that year, Bettman made $3.7 million.

The commissioner’s pay bumps have correlated with the league’s rising annual revenue. NHL revenue for the 2013-14 season was projected to hit $3.7 billion.

Not including endorsement money, four NHL players — Sidney Crosby ($12 million), Zach Parise ($12 million), Shea Weber ($14 million, plus a $13-million signing bonus), and Ryan Suter ($12 million, plus a $13-million signing bonus) — earned more in salary in 2013-14 than Bettman. Ilya Kovalchuk would have made $11.3 million had he not departed for the KHL.

Luke Fox Sportsnet.ca

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