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Saturday September 29th, 2012

National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter made $3 million last year, a $600,000 raise from the year before. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter was given a 25 percent raise over the past year, including money that was paid during the NBA lockout, reports USA Today.

Hunter was paid $3 million from July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012 --  according to NBPA documents filed Friday with the U.S. Department of Labor. The 25 percent raise amounts to $600,000.

Compared to other executive directors of the other three main North American sports, Hunter makes the most. Hunter is also the longest-tenured union chief among the four major sports leagues.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith made $2.49 million from March 1, 2011-Feb. 28, 2012, and former NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw made $4.26 million in a similar calendar year in 2006-07. Upshaw died in August 2008.
Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner earns $1 million per year.

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