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

Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:34 pm
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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: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:01 pm
 

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



There is a school of thought out there that people shouldn't make money on sports teams.

"A sports franchise is not really a business. It's a luxury good, like a piece of art, which means that making calculations about profits and losses makes no sense." - Malcolm Gladwell


wow this has got to be one of the dumbest posts i've ever read.  you quote some canadian blowhard who looks like 40 year old grey haired version of napoleon dynamite, who prob hasn't played a day of sports in his life.

1st of all I love the assumption that a sports franchise is not a business its a luxury good like art implying that creating and selling paintings or art is not a real business ether then...  I’d like to see you and this tool go tell a painter that his job isn't a business its a luxury and all the painters should not charge anything over a few bucks for an awesome picture (that no one else can paint because they don’t have the skill) just so the so the avg household can have a Picasso.. For 20 bucks.... 

and what business isn't about calculating profits and losses and thinking of ways to increase one while lowering the other.  luxury goods are business themselves if your buying and selling them that’s your business and who the hell are you to tell anyone else they make to much money doing it?   Why don't you do it if it’s so easy!!!!!!   oh right YOU CANT DO IT!!!!!!   


"Pro sports teams don't operate in a free market, the way real businesses do. Their employees are 25 years old and make millions of dollars a year. Their customers are obsessively loyal and emotionally engaged in their fortunes to the point that — were the business in question, say, discount retailing or lawn products — it would be considered psychologically unhealthy. They get to control their labor through the draft in a way that would be the envy of other private sector owners, at least since the Civil War" - Malcolm Gladwell



another great one here, i bet you got an A in socialogy but an F in real world.  ok so they make 25 million bucks as you put it?  why?   because no one can do what they do.  period and end of story.  you can't and I cant.  lots of people can do what we do so we don't make 25 mil because someone can and will provide the same quality work for less.  its not going to stop despite how much you try and rip it down.  the problem here is people like yourself who always want to take away what someone else has based on your opinion that they have enough, instead of trying to get yourself to where they are, you instead want you want to break everyone down to your level.  and that my friend is why you will never be in the top of anything you do.   

and nothing for nothing but there are other football leagues.  there is one in europe and canada and players are not required to go into the NFL draft to play football noR is anyone else bared from starting a new football league.   This is not slavery here despite how much you want it to seem like it is.  no one is forced to play football so i dont see how they get to control labor.  the players have a union as well suger pie.    


 




Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:57 pm
 

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

The monetary value of sports entertainment...wow...guess I'm in the wrong field of work when it comes to getting paid. But I'm a EMT so I guess saving lives makes up for it. Sure isn't as valued by society, haha.



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:52 pm
 

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

You're telling me if an NFL owner is being courted by mayors of 4 or 5 other cities in the U.S to move their team to wherever, get a brand new stadium, breaks on taxes, etc   the owner should say no thanks, and just pony up out of pocket to build his own new stadium in the city he's in just so the community he's in remains happy?

I didn't say that. You did.

I simply said that the rules of supply and demand don't hold true towards ticket sales because of the communities role in bolstering the value of a sports franchise.



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:47 pm
 

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

The only thing that Goodell has done is to turn this manly, physical sport into a watered down version of it's former self.


As far as negotiating TV contracts, heck the NFL sells itself thru it's 50 years on TV and it's broad fanbase.  The networks THROW money at the NFL for the priviledge of broadcasting the games so it is no great feat of Goodell's negotiating skill's.  The NFL is cannibalizing it's greatest resource, just as other sports are doing, their fans!  Bring back Pete Rozell from the grave to bring back the old style of football.  The only thing Goodell is doing is making a mess of a sport that doesn't need him meddling in.  He is the Moamar Khadafi of the NFL!      
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:38 pm
 

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

Sports teams carry an emotional investment from the community. When teams hold communities hostage over a new stadium deal, it's extortion.

C'mon man.  Honestly now, give me a break.  Of course you're allowed an opinion just as we all are, but that statement was nuts.

You're telling me if an NFL owner is being courted by mayors of 4 or 5 other cities in the U.S to move their team to wherever, get a brand new stadium, breaks on taxes, etc   the owner should say no thanks, and just pony up out of pocket to build his own new stadium in the city he's in just so the community he's in remains happy?  

Once again... please stop.  Obviously if an owner has the ability to ask for and receive local funding for a stadium or go somewhere else where they will pay for his stadium, he's not going to open door number 3 and pay for it on his own.

Who the hell would?  Not a person on this planet would open that door.... 



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:30 pm
 

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

Goodell is basically a CEO of a HUGE corporation. The NFL is the best sport going and he runs it. Does that mean I agree with everything he is doing in his job? Nope, sure doesn't. But, as long as fans buy tickets, as long as TV deals and revenues keep going up, as long as DirecTV charges $400 for the NFL ticket, then you can't say much about the commissioner getting paid for running it.



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:29 pm
 

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

no way he should be making this type of money!



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:24 pm
 

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

another term for that is reality! it is unfortunate but that is the case!



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:23 pm
 

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

When the value of a franchise is bolstered towards 1 Billion Dollars because of the stadium provided by the public, they've already made their money off the community.

Yes, the community does make money off of the teams, but I think the trade off is in the owners favor. Sports teams carry an emotional investment from the community. When teams hold communities hostage over a new stadium deal, it's extortion.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:21 pm
 

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

the state nor the tax payer have any say unless they have a referendum on the stadium issue. some states have, and in some cases the constituents choose not to subsidize, but that is their decision. \just like controlling the rate at which ticket prices increases, we have no say but to not particcipate and i for one am not prepared to do that at this point. 

i dont think any of us want to pay the ever increasing ticket prices...but we do!

     



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