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Stern not collecting his massive salary during lockout

Aug 3, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami Reuters

David Stern makes a lot of money. A staggering amount of money, although apparently more people know the codes in the nuclear football than how much Stern actually makes.

But Stern isn’t making that much right now.

He is not getting paid during the lockout, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. Stern essentially said as much back at the All-Star game, when asked about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell making just $1 during the NFL lockout, Stern said that would be too much. He said he did not get paid during the lockout.

Stein said sources told him that Stern makes in the $15-$16 million range, although that is a base salary before any bonuses. Previous reports suggested that his total salary could be upwards of $20 million. The fact is we don’t know.

But Spencer Hawes tweeted: “Weird no rumblings about a pay cut for the commish while he asks every single player to do so.” Which made leaking Stern is not getting paid during the lockout is good PR for the league.

Not that it really means anything that he is taking a temporary pay cut. When the lockout ends, Stern will go back to making a massive salary. It’s not like he’s using that money to re-hire the 114 people the NBA league office recently laid off. And if anything the owners will give him a raise when the lockout ends while the players certainly will see a pay cut.

  1. icu84bs - Aug 3, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    While he may not be collecting an NBA check at the moment, that does not prevent Stern from making money using his legal expertise. I did not do any checking, but he probably owns or is a partner in a law firm. Cheers.

    • Colin Zvosec - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      In other words, “I don’t know this, I didn’t do any research, and I’m not exactly sure how to find the right info, but I’m going to post this as a fact since its the internet.”

  2. rayrsatx - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    So even if Stern is a lawyer, what is the difference between the NBA commissioner earning money during the lockout & NBA players playing overseas during said lockout? Besides the hypocrisy! Lol

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