from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
How much do NHL owners appreciate the job Bettman has done? Look no further than his executive board-approved salary, which more than doubled from the last lockout in 2004 to a reported $7.98 million in the fiscal year 2011.
Ed Snider has to love Bettman. According to Forbes Magazine, the Flyers spent $73 million in player salaries in 2003-04 before the last lockout. In 2005-06, salaries were capped at $39 million per team - and ticket prices largely remained the same.
Last season, the Flyers spent approximately $71 million in player salaries - still not above the pre-2005 lockout levels. Throw in two Winter Classic appearances and a 2010 trip to the Stanley Cup finals, a somewhat limited revenue-sharing plan, and the Flyers have made money hand over fist.
Stern waited a year until after his lockout ended to step down. But watching Stern take a seat on Thursday makes you wonder how long his protege, Bettman, is f...