Gary Bettman is the National Hockey League Commissioner. Likewise, he is also the former senior vice president and general counsel of the National Basketball Association.
Net Worth: $35 Million
Gary Bettman has a net of $35 million dollars or more than this earned from his professional career. His main source of income is as a commissioner in National Hockey League. Gary is also an executive and lawyer as well.
In 2012–13 season, Bettman received $8.8 million as a salary in total compensation by the NHL. His salary increased to $9.5 million in the 2013-14 season. Bettman received $7.23 million for the 2008–09 season out of that $5,529,490 was his base salary. For 2004-05 season Bettman received $3.77 million as his salary.
The NHL commissioner is a married man. He is married to Shelli Bettman but her identity is not available. However, the date of marriage and wedding venue information not available.
The couple faced many ups and downs in their married life but is still together as husband and wife. They are living in a peaceful environment with mutual respect and understanding. From their married relationship, they shared three beautiful children together. The names of their children are Lauren, Jordan, and Brittany but yet to disclosed their kids’ birth of date.
Gary Bettman Bio/Wiki
Gary Bettman was born as Gary Bruce Bettman on born 2nd June 1952 in Queens, New York. As of now, Gary is 67 years of age while his sun sign is Gemini. Gary holds American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.
Concerning his educational background, Gary has attended Cornell University where he studied industrial and labor relations and graduated from there in 1974. Later he achieved his Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law in the year 1997.
The NHL’s commissioner began his career with the NBL in 1981. After that, he began to serve in NHL as the commissioner of the league since 1993 and is still holding his position in the NHL.
National Basketball Association
Gary Bettman started his journey in 1981 with the National Basketball Association. There he was serving in the marketing and legal departments. For many years, Bettman served as the league’s general counsel and senior vice president in the NBA. He also played a major role in the development of the soft salary cap system implemented. And finally, in 1983 the NBA agrees on a system that is continuing to use today.
National Hockey League
Bettman joined the National Hockey League on February 1, 1993. He became the first commissioner of the NHL by replacing Gil Stein who has served the NHL as the final president. Bettman was hired by the owners of the NHL as per the mandate of selling the game in the U.S. market, completing expansion plans, ending labor unrest and modernizing the views of the “old guard” within the NHL ownership ranks.
The NHL experienced a lockout in the 1994-95 season that ran for 104 days and caused the season to be shortened from 84 to 48 games. During the lockout, there was an issue of desire to aid small-market teams. The NHL owners insisted on the changes to free agency, salary cap and arbitration for limiting the escalating salaries. Moreover, the union also insisted on a luxury tax system as well.
The league had to suffer a loss of over US$300 million in 2004-05 lockout. And the owners claimed that the players’ salaries had grown far faster than revenues that have led the NHL to incurred such huge loss. On 15 September 2005, Bettman had made an announcement that the owners have again locked the players out prior to starting the 2004–05 season. After five months, Bettman again announced the cancellation of the whole season.
The negotiations progressed quickly within the union after the cancellation of the entire season by Bettman. In the month of July, the union agrees to a new collective bargaining agreement. And the deal was on a hard salary cap, free agency beginning after seven years of service, a fixed percentage of league revenues, and a 24% rollback on salaries. In 2004, Bettman was named as one of the worst managers in business for canceling the entire season. However, in 2005, Bettman was praised as one of the best leaders for playing a major role in bringing “cost certainty” to the NHL.
In the 2012-13 season, the league again experienced a lock-out which lasted for five months(September 15, 2012, to January 6, 2013) after the disapproval of the union and players on a new collective bargaining agreement. Finally, on January 6, 2013, a deal was passed on a new collective bargaining agreement bringing to an end to the lockout.
After the official end of the lockout, a 48-game regular-season schedule began on January 19, 2013. The season ended on April 28, 2013, without any inter-conference games. The season’s average attendance was 17,768, up 2.6 percent from the previous year, also the TV ratings raised in both Canada and the United States aw well.
Awards and Achievements
Bettman has received numerous awards and achievements. He achieved the “Sports Executive of the Year” (21 May 2014) from the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily at the publications’ annual Sports Business Awards event that was held in New York. Followed by the second award as “Sports League of the Year” at the same ceremony. Then later in the year 2014, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was given the honored with the “Sports Event of the Year.”
The NHL revenue was rising with the popularity of the sport. It has grown throughout the United States with participation at a high-level at all times. Besides this, the game was also reaching its best exposure through TV sports channels deal with NBC Sports. And this was one of Bettman’s biggest achievements in his entire career. The NHL has always been incredibly strong and excellent in its field. Gary Bettman might not be called the perfect leader but somehow, he is a good leader for the NHL who deserves some recognition for what he is doing. Recently, Bettman received an award “Hockey Hall of Fame” in 2018.
Facts About Gary Bettman
- Gary Bettman’s parents’ details are missing as well as his siblings.
- Gary is an executive and lawyer by profession.
- He has got a height of 5 feet, 6 inches while his body weight is not available.
- Also, there is information about his hair color, eye color, and other body measurements as well.
- He currently resides in the Saddle River, New Jersey, US.
- Regarding his accounts on any social sites, we could not find his verified social account.