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Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M

Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:34 pm
A $20 million/year smile? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Roger Goodell recently received a five-year contract extension from the NFL, and according to a report, his salary will "double" up to $20 million annually by the end of the deal.

That news comes from Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, who also reports that Arthur Blank, Falcons owner and head of the NFL's compensation committee, said Goodell's new deal will "bring Goodell in line [financially] with other top sports commissioners."

“If you compare [Goodell] to any of the other commissioners in other sports, we think he would rank very high in that group, and he needs to be compensated on that basis,” Blank said at the Super Bowl.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig made $18.35 million in 2007, per Kaplan, and has since received two contract extensions. It is a logical assumption that Selig is paid more than $20 million annually at this point.

Goodell received $9.89 million in base salary according to federal tax returns filed by the NFL last year. Though we won't know the actual number of Goodell's new base salary until the next time the NFL files its tax returns (which could be as early as Wednesday), it stands to reason that Goodell will see a significant bump in his base, given that he received the extension just a few weeks ago.

And while the response from NFL players on Twitter -- Falcons wide receiver Roddy White wondered "How in the hell can [you] pay a man this much money that cant run tackle or catch" -- hasn't been ideal, it's difficult to get too angry at what Goodell's bringing in.

The NFL successfully navigated a potentially brutal lockout, came away with new television deals and is poised to continue growing exponentially between now and the end of Goodell's newest contract.

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Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:22 pm

Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M

Robocoop1 is butthurt

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:23 pm

Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M

What a joke. The same man that has taken so much away from the NFL gets a raise. 

1 The lockout was handled like a bunch of rookies. The league and the players fighting over nothing. Neither got what they wanted and the deal pretty much stayed the same. "dont forget he was the one stating that the NFL was losing money but would not show the books"
2  Your not allowed to hit hard no more.  You hit someone hard you get a 15 yard flag and a 10k penalty. For somone that never play pro football Great rule. 
3  Suspending a college player after being drafted into the nfl. Imagine if your new job suspended you for getting in trouble at a  college party.  Another clueless move by Goodell. Govern the NFL not the NCaa He over step his boundaries. 
4  The Super Bowl Debacle in dallas. They were so worried about breaking a attendance record that they sold tickets that they didnt even have. Oh dallas got hit with a 40 year storm. Thats BS We had the same storm here 3 years ago and it was much worse than the one before the superbowl. Great plan to have 2 snow plows for superbowl weekend.  
5  Harrison of the steelers. The way you are picking on the hardest hitter in the game makes me throw up. With out hits many players would not be in the NFl. Jack tatum , Ronnie Lot, ect  We wont see these types anymore. Thanks to goodell

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:20 pm

Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M

Roddy White should realize they can find someone else who can run, tackle or catch for a fraction of what he makes a year. Just like Goodell is lucky to get what he makes so are the players. They should shut up and play and if they don't want to get another job.

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:07 pm
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Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:00 pm

Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M

For one, to the people who are saying the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. NFL players make a shit load of money for only playing 16-game seasons so can it on that.

As for Goodell personally i think he is being an opportunist, he got the labor deal done. He see's football gaining in power so he is taking it upon himself to seize some of the profits. Does it look bad on him, of course. Is it smart of him? Totally. Is it going to piss-off most of the players? Possibly. But at the end of the day they are the owners and the commish. They are your boss so you can either leave it or strike his contact, which is highly unlikely.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:54 pm

Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M

Wow ! 
I wish I had his job. 

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:27 pm

Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M

SHAMELESS!!! Goodell has had absolutely nothing to do with why the NFL is so successful..NOTHING.Players make it happen... all of it!!not the Commish...NEVER!! Players shouldn't give up anything,except what they are already sacrificing....their bodies and when they retire the NFL doesn't now how to take care of the real people who make it the best sport in the world.This raise is a reflection of the GREED that is going on in the real world. Goodell's recent arrival is very convenient for him but definately not worthy. The VETERANS of the NFL are getting CLIPPED from behind once again. Don't be a moron and try to justify a 10million dollar raise in this world.It's about 9 1/2 million too much

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:50 pm

Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M

Good lord!! As a lowly science teacher, I can't even process this! I realize that Goodell is the CEO of a very sucessful business and deserves to be compensated as such.

You should have stopped right there because up until that point you were doing very well.

The issue I have with this is most fans will never be able to afford to attend a real NFL game (even pre-season is out of reach) while this guy gets  in one year than most people could spend in a lifetime.

What are you talking about man?  Nine NFL teams AVERAGED a sellout this year and 26 teams averaged 90 percent of their tickets sold or better.  Another 5 were at 80 percent or better and only 1 team was at 75 percent, Cincinatti.  Those are some very impressive numbers, don't you think?   Considering how games almost always fall on one particular day ( Sunday) and considering how large these venues are those are some monster stats I just quoted you. 

A better use of that money would be lower ticket prices, do some real research on player health, donate to NFL 60 program or other charities, help with middle/high school programs, or do anything that benefits more than just one man. I love the NFL but feel the fans are being gouged.

Why? So YOU can afford to go to the games?  This is crazy !!!!!  By the way, since when are business owners required to donate to charities?  The NFL donates a ton of money to many causes, but you make it sound like it should be mandatory.  Why again?

Why in your rant didn't you suggest the players be required to donate 10 percent of their salaries to charity?  That would amount to around 400 million dollars and a lot of changed lives but hey, just pick on Goodell and the owners, right?

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:36 pm

Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M

I think I've seen some of the posters on here as I passed through Zucotti park on my way to work. If you could get paid for sitting in drum circles, being annoying jerks, and smelling like urine, these guys would be making $20 million/yr.

It's pathetic how they sit there and vilify people that have worked their whole lives to earn what they do. They have the gall to sit there and call them theives. Yet, they whine about how someone else should pay off their student loans for their degree in sociology because they "can't find a job". They complain about how they can't live on minimum wage yet they can live unemployed by camping out in a privately owned park and refusing to leave. They'll smash local businesses windows then complain when those same businesses won't let them in to use their restrooms.

To Roger Goodell I say, "Good for you Sir! Hopefully you'll put some of that money back into the economy and give a good chunk to charity."

For those of you talking about how the NFL should just lower their ticket prices for the fans, aren't you really saying they should forgo profits and make prices low enough for YOU TO ATTEND GAMES??? Pretty greedy of you don't you think? In most cities they already offer their product for FREE on local TV as long as the game sells out and if it doesn't you can just go any number of local bars or restraunts and still see it free.   


Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:11 pm
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