Bettman earned $9.6 million in 2013-14 season

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman earned more than $9.6 million in salary in benefits during the 2013-14 season, according to the league’s U.S. tax filings, as first reported by Sports Business Journal on Monday.

Bettman, 63, earned approximately $800,000 more in 2013-14 compared to the previous season. His compensation for 2012-13, which included the full lockout-shortened season, was $8,854,610.

For comparison, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned $44 million in 2012 and $35 million in 2013. Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig reportedly earned $14.5 million back in 2006.

The NFL, like the NBA and MLB previously, dropped their tax-exempt status in 2014, which means they no longer must publicly file financial information. That leaves the NHL as the only major professional sport in North America still tax-exempt.

Bettman’s $9.6 million figure included salary, deferred compensation, other compensation and nontaxable benefits. His base salary was listed at $9,490,438, according to the filing.

Only four NHL players earned more than Bettman during the 2013-14 season: Shea Weber($14M), Sidney Crosby ($12M), Ryan Suter ($12M) and Zach Parise ($12M), according to

The NHL employed 669 people during the 2013-14 season. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly was the next highest earner at $3.1 million, up from $2.98 million in 2012-13.

As a whole, the NHL reported a loss of $8.47 million for the fiscal year, but the figures do not include team-related business or revenue from NHL Enterprises or NHL Network, which do not require tax-exempt public filings. In this filing, the NHL reported $124.4 million in operating revenue, compared to the approximate $3.7 billion the league generated overall.

During the 2013-14 NHL season, the NHL spent nearly $20 million in legal services on four different firms.

Last week at the PrimeTime Sports and Entertainment conference in Toronto, Bettman said he had no plans to retire any time soon. He has been the NHL’s commissioner since Feb. 1, 1993. Under his watch, annual league revenues have grown from $400 million to a projected $4 billion this season.

“That’s not on my radar screen,” Bettman said of retirement.

High-ranking 2013-14 salaries reported in the NHL’s filings, as per Sports Business Journal:

Gary Bettman (commissioner): $9,617,464
Bill Daly (deputy commissioner): $3,121,594
John Collins (chief operating officer): $2,209,569
Colin Campbell (senior EVP, hockey operations): $1,620,004
Craig Hartnett (chief financial officer): $1,279,276
David Zimmerman (EVP, chief legal officer): $951,006
Joseph DeSousa (EVP, finance): $742,274
David Proper (EVP, media distribution): $602,922
Stephen Walkom (SVP, director of officiating): $547,955

All figures are in U.S. dollars.


Frank Seravalli (TSN)

Photo: The Canadian Press


Y. Terao: – The Islanders are a top notch organisation.


One of the biggest Asian superstar ever Yuri Terao made a new step in the ladder of hockey world. Terao is one of the top young forwards in Japanese hockey. He was selected Best Forward at the 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship Division I Group B (11 points). After great U18 and U20 tournament he was noticed by New York Islanders scouts who invited Terao to attend in hockey development camp. He was one of three Asian players invited for this camp.

– I enjoyed participating in the camp a lot. It was my second year being invited to the camp. I didn’t have a chance to meet any really famous players, but had the opportunity to play with the Islanders high end draft picks. It was great playing with players of that caliber. The Islanders are a top notch organisation with a great coaching staff. I felt I really benefited from the experience. There were two other Asians at the camp. It was great getting to know them and I wish them the best in the future. Being from Asia, I hope all three of us can play at the top level – told Terao.NHL_New_York_Islanders_Japan_Yuri_Terao

Now Terao didn’t come back to Japan. He continues his American dream in a new world. After participating in hockey minicamp camp in New York he got an offer from USHL’ team Waterloo Blackhawks and he started to live his American dream with a hope to reach the National Hockey League.

This season I hope to play for Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL. We are in the middle of tryout camp right now with the season ready to start on the 25th. I hope to have success at this level and continue to grow toward my dream. I hope to play in the NHL someday. In order to get to that dream I will have to climb the ladder and have success along the way. I don’t know if the Islanders will invite my back next season, but it would be a great honor and would love to continue to develop under their guidance and leadership, if at all possible I would love to play for them in the NHL – he finished.Yuri_Terao_Islanders_USHL3