Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  23 responses

Report: David Stern Not Paid During NBA Lockout

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The subject of David Stern’s salary — now suddenly, and understandably, a hot button topic — is shrouded in mystery.

No one seems to know for sure how much the NBA commissioner rakes in (not even team owners), but the latest media reports indicate that Stern makes anywhere between $15 – $23 million annually.

With the lockout dragging along, some NBA players have begun to publicly criticize David Stern and his pay, citing the hypocrisy of the commish making so much yet asking the players to take massive pay cuts going forward.

Well, according to ESPN, Stern will not receive a dime during the current work stoppage:

NBA commissioner David Stern will not collect on his eight-figure salary during the ongoing lockout, according to sources with knowledge of Stern’s pay status. Amid growing tensions on both sides of a labor impasse that has lasted 33 days, with owners proposing sharp cuts in salary and contract lengths, and with no end in sight to the stalemate, Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes this week publicly questioned via Twitter why there have been “no rumblings about a pay cut for (Stern) while he asks every single player to do so.”

Stern has given no indication that he will agree to lower his salary when the sides ultimately do hammer out a new labor agreement that is expected to be far more restrictive for players. Yet sources confirmed Tuesday that, during the work stoppage, Stern will indeed pass on collecting a salary that, based on a New York Daily News report in February, has been estimated as high as $23 million annually. Although he has not publicly addressed the matter since the lockout commenced July 1, Stern said during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles that he would not be paid.

Nice symbolic gesture on David Stern’s behalf, I suppose.

Though, of course, no one should expect him to get anything less than a significant pay raise once the NBA resumes business.

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  • Jred Schott

    I’m actually finding it hard to be mad at Stern at all. I mean, seriously, not much of this is even his fault or doing. That picture of him is classic though. He looks like “I dont really give a f*ck guys”

  • J.C.

    I know a lot of people are going to go crazy about Stern making $15-$23mil a year, but to be fair he’s been Commish for over a quarter of a century and has done as much, if not more for the League than the superstar players who make a comparable amount. I don’t think he’s totally undeserving. I do think he should be expected to take a pay cut if the players do though.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    He needs to get rid of the silly Technical’s though.

  • Jeff

    Still, for any one employee to get that kind of money as a salary?
    I presume that some part of that is some kind of kickbacks or bonuses?
    If hes actual annual paycheck is 23 million thats not fair. He sure as hell hasnt done everything by himself for the last 25 years, just like any leader there ar a massive amount of people behind him working their asses of for a 0.01% of his pay…
    A reasonable pay for a job like is is a couple of million.

  • seriousblack

    Sooooo does anyone still think Shane Battier was out of line for inquiring if Billy Hunter would do the same?

  • the Dude

    Nobody should get paid. Nobody is doing what they are supposed to be paid for = no money. I think they all (even the ones getting the minimum) would be alright.

  • grenners

    Its just another nice little chess move by Stern to undermine Billy Hunter (who’s still getting paid). The players have no chance in this lockout as they don’t have any sort of strategy, and Stern and the owners are clearly thinking loooong term revenue over short term loss. The crazy thing is the players will just about stay together on this (perhaps for a few more months, or possibly the year), until the internal unrest forces them to collapse, and they settle on what the owners always wanted (the owners have yet to show this card). I just wish the players (or their advisors) showed a little bit more foresight (and less arrogance towards there tactical nous) and agree to the inevitable deal now. Pains me to say it, but as soon as this game turned into a legal and tactical showdown, Stern become the only player with All Star talent.

  • EJ

    How does he manage?

  • seriousblack

    Co-sign the Dude

  • piq

    @EJ Stern is going to starve, no doubt.

  • andynorstrom

    This whole thing is just about greed, just play basketball fellas, it’s a blessing that you get paid to do so in the first place.

  • http://www.gil1906.com Pve84

    The notion of a player’s association president not taking pay while the players he/she represents is noble, but in no way should Billy Hunter be looked at sideways for taking pay during the lockout. Hunter’s job is to represent the union and he is doing so now more during a lockout than a typical NBA season.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Ixy8Uttq0 nbk

    The NBA is still making some money. They still have NBATV, They are Still Selling Jerseys and other memorabilia. And this lockout stuff is likely causing Stern and everyone else involved to do much more work then they normally do in the offseason. I think he should, just like Billy Hunter should, get paid.

  • bike

    Who determines Stern’s salary? For that matter, how is an owner’s NBA income determined?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I am not sure how they calculate Sterns income. But the Owners just make whatever is left over after expenses. Just like the owners of any business (Since there is no revenue sharing….yet….in the NBA)

  • robb

    I think he can handle it

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes, who tweeted a stinging response about Stern’s whopping salary. ’23 million a year for Stern, huh,’ Hawes said. ‘Weird no rumblings about a pay cut for the commish while he asks every single player to do so.’ Hawes intensified his attack a couple of hours later with another tweet. ‘Commish wants his annual compensation to trump new max salary by nearly double,; Hawes tweeted. ‘Interesting thought.’ In fairness to Stern, he has been working at his job since 1984, likely racking up salary raises for the better part of almost 30 years.

  • add

    Bull S**t

  • bike

    I had no idea Stern made that kind of dough. I does seem like everyone’s salary–Stern, owners, players, etc.–should be all on the table. The whole world knows how much a player’s contract is worth and yet the other half of the equation’s earnings are a secret? New meaning the old saying life ain’t fair.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Stern is pushing for about 12 million dollar max salaries. Which means by next season or so Stern will be making DOUBLE to best players in the NBA. DOUBLE – For a guy NOBODY wants to watch do anything.

  • http://forbes.com giogolo

    The players are f*cked. no doubt. I wonder what they’d do if push comes to shove..and the drastic change in thier lies after they agree to stern’s wishes. I wonder what would happen to stern if he indeeds get double max contract pay when he should be the human mascot for Twitter with his face looks like woodywoodpecker. I just wonder.

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  • Will Lee

    love this move but gotta take away superstar calls