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League sources now deny Stern’s massive salary

Aug 5, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles Reuters

Do you really care how much money David Stern makes? Does anyone watch or not watch a sport based on how much money a commissioner makes?

The public relations battle about David Stern’s salary is all about perception. It’s about the battle for the hearts and minds of the public during an increasingly testy lockout. Right now the two sides are engaged in the “paint the other side as Satan” portion of the negotiations. The actual negotiating comes later. (Hint to both sides: if the lockout reaches the regular season nobody wins the PR battle, everybody loses.)

But back to Stern’s salary. We discussed before how it was rumored that David Stern was making big money — upwards of $20 million a year, at least $15 million. However, during the lockout he is not taking any salary.

Now come reports that Stern’s salary is a lot less. He makes less than baseball’s Bud Selig or the NFL’s Roger Goodell, which means he would make less than $10 million a year.

So to sum up, David Stern makes huge sums of money each year. Maybe less than is reported, but almost certainly more than the average NBA player ($5.2 million last season). I’m not sure you really care — you care about the lockout getting solved, but not Stern’s paycheck — but there you go.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 5, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    The man who saved the NBA deserves whatever he can get.

    • LPad - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      Frankly, I’m surprised he still has a job. He oversaw the 99 lockout, bargaining on behalf of the owners, and delivered a collective bargaining agreement that was supposed to make the owners money. However, under that deal teams have suffered massive losses. If I were an owner I would at the very least ask him why he bargained for and recommended a deal that (supposedly) cost 20 teams to lose hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of the deal. I say supposedly because if the teams did lose as much money as they claim then the NBA would be the only organization/company to lose this much money and not get rid of the man at top.

    • denverhoopdreams - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM

      Saved the NBA?

      Hahaha. I think you should stay in HardBallTalk, you’re not wanted over here, and you actually seem to know Baseball.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        Furthermore, don’t tell me where and where not to post. I don’t do that to you. Stop being a message board bully and grow the hell up.

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      that’s laughable

    • goforthanddie - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:54 PM

      So does the ego who’s killing it.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      When the NBA was struggling in the 80’s, it was David Stern and his marketing that saved the NBA from extinction. Don’t believe me, look it up.

      • goforthanddie - Aug 5, 2011 at 5:04 PM

        No, I think Bird/Magic/Jordan did that.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 5, 2011 at 5:13 PM

        You are right to a certain extent. It was the marketing genius of Stern who parlayed Bird/Magic into something that made the NBA a household name. If it wasn’t Magic/Bird, it would have been two other players.

  2. deiong - Aug 6, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    im sure he makes a killing off teh books from all the games he fixes… the guys dirtier then the top soil i had to buy for the ground.

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