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How much money does David Stern make?

Aug 1, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

To match Interview NBA/STERN Reuters

Next season, Kobe Bryant will be the highest paid player in the NBA, making $25,244,000. Followed by Rashard Lewis at $22,152,000 (I know, I muttered to myself when I was reminded of that, too), Tim Duncan at $21,300,000, Kevin Garnett at $21,200,000 and Gilbert Arenas at $19,260,300.

If you want salary information for any player (one season or career) or for any team this year or several years out it is just a couple mouse clicks away. Complete with options for team and players, buyouts and more.

Figuring out what the NBA owners make off a team, that is a murkier issue. While nobody — not even the players union — suggests the league made money the last few years, the finances of teams are complex and don’t often include things like how much a team is worth and how that has grown in recent years.

Figuring out what David Stern makes? Impossible.

Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo says that is a very touchy subject around the league and that nobody really knows.

Strange, but the union never has the courage to bring up the mystery surrounding Stern’s salary. Many owners don’t even know what Stern makes. “I’d say three or less know,” one NBA owner told Yahoo! Sports. Several believe it’s somewhere in the range of $20 million to $23 million a year, but no one knows for sure. Maybe it’s more than that, but the fact that some owners don’t know the answer is beyond belief.

Wojnarowski, like some agents, wonders why the union does not come out swinging at Stern — the owners are a largely faceless group, but Stern is a front and center target. With him telling the owners they cannot speak publically, Stern becomes the lone voice for that side of the argument. If you are going to take a swing, he is the punching bag.

But Stern is also a likeable, very good public speaker, someone fans respect. While his rants behind closed doors are the thing of legend, on camera his is very calm, very smooth. Landing a good punch on him will not be easy. And he would punch back.

Just another thing to watch for, another question to ask. Another thing that is part of the tactics but not part of the solution to the lockout.

  1. downtowndanny - Aug 1, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    get off his nutz, Sterns a twit!

  2. downtowndanny - Aug 1, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Kurt are you somewhere rubbing his ballz with bengay? Stern isn’t as likeable as he once was, his Napoleon complex started to emerge in the last decade, but owners want guys like him in charge, Roger Godell wants to be like him….

  3. stinkfingers - Aug 1, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    No matter how much he makes… Its too much,

    The guy’s a bufoon.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 1, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      There might not be an NBA without David Stern……is that better Kurt?

  4. bigtrav425 - Aug 1, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    no way does he make that much and if so…he needs to slash that to 1/4 of that atleast becasue he isnt worth even that

  5. jebdamone - Aug 2, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    goodell took his salary down to $1 when the nfl lockout started.

  6. randysavage4ever - Aug 2, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    I dunno but I do know that David Stern fixes game according to Tim Donaghey

    how do stay commish after that? I dont know…

    and why does no one else say anything, the footage is there.

    Its not like Donaghey said certain games were fixed and then you watch the game and say no shady calls, ummm”ANNOUCNER JON BARRY IS SAYING WHILE CALLING THE GAME IVE NEVER SEEN THIS BAD OFFICIATING”

    kobe elbows mike bibby and bibby gets called for foul game 7 sac and LA

    come on now…

    its fixed, people bet, its all about LOOT, and ppl are getting their bread people, wake up, NBA is a bunch of bush

    NFL Is where its at,

  7. kspl1 - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    How can he tell the owners they cant speak publically. He reports to the owners doesnt he

  8. urodaddy07 - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Randy, what you know and what you believe are two different things my friend. You need help

  9. mogogo1 - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    I’m going to have to call Balderdash on that “three or less” owners know what Stern makes. He gets paid by the league, so it’s hard to believe every owner wouldn’t be privy to that sort of info. Pretty hard to negotiate a CBA or anything else when you don’t know what the league’s expenses are. And since supposedly over half the teams are losing money, it’s beyond belief that these owners are in the red and don’t even have a passing interest in what the commissioner is earning. Is Stern telling them “no” when they ask him? That simply can’t be happening.

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