Jun 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at a press conference before game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Bettman cashed in while fans suffered


During the 2013-2013 lockout Gary Bettman made a boat load of money. It’s been reported that between his salary and benefits Bettman made $8.8 million while there was no NHL hockey being played. That must be nice, while fans of the NHL sat and suffered with voices unable to be heard Bettman made more money that he did the previous year.

This has been reported by several media outlets, and the NHL has said nothing. It’s funny when players get over paid the NHL says they need to control players salaries, but when their “fearless” leader get a huge pay bump during the second lockout in 7 years nothing is said. I’m not sure how you would spell hypocrite, but now it’s spelled Gary Bettman.

By the way, if you’re wondering, if Bettman’s salary was viewed as a cap hit, his $8.8 million would put him $100,000 ahead of Sidney Crosby whose contract then and now comes with an annual average of $8.7 million [CBS Sports]

Fans of the game have very little love in their hearts for Bettman, and maybe some of that is justified. However, on some level we all need to remember that he has help grow revenue in the NHL, and the NHL is a multi-billion dollar company. Big companies pay their CEO’s big bucks, and this is no different. The only way it can be different is that there was no hockey for a very long time.

Some people may view Bettman as an evil ruler, who has lost control of his subjects, but it’s not our call. The NHL has always marched to their own tune, and paying $8.8 million to the commissioner during a shortened season is just another example of how this league often hurts its own image. The NHL lost money during the lockout, but still the all mighty Bettman gets a raise. It’s just a bad look for a great game.

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