I know, everyone is pretty shocked that the commissioner of the NFL makes that kinda money. Not a bad gig, huh?
It was first reported that Roger Goodell earned himself $44.2 million in compensation last year, but Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio’s here to straighten it out, revealing that he actually only made a measly pittance of $35.1 million.
In actuality, he earned $35.1 million in salary, bonus, and pension compensation for the one-year period (ending March 31, 2013) covered by the Form 1099, filed by all tax-exempt organizations. The compensation also includes a $5 million incentive payment and a $4.1 million pension payment from the year of the work stoppage, which was paid in 2012.
In other words, Goodell’s compensation of nearly $30 million in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012 was $9.1 million too light. It should have been nearly $39 million that year, with only $35.1 million earned the following 12 months.
Which means he actually made roughly $4 million less from one year to the next.
Don’t care what that means? Neither do we, but the league owners/other really rich guys are defending Goodell’s crazy salary:
“Commissioner Goodell’s compensation reflects the value of his leadership and the success of the NFL at the highest levels,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. “His significant accomplishments continue to strengthen our game, our business and our leading position in the sports industry.”
“I have had the privilege of working with Roger Goodell closely over the past eight years,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. “He provided great leadership and vision in helping navigate through a major labor negotiation and extending our TV contracts, which in fact have created a decade of stability that is unheard of in today’s sports and entertainment environment. I feel that as Commissioner he runs the business as if he were an owner-operator. I consider him to be one of the most outstanding managers in the country. We are lucky to have him at the helm.”