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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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Comments

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:49 pm
 

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

Redwings 1969 is a company man, through and through.

Everybody gets supply and demand. But at some point you need to give your fan base a break, to keep the fan base. Pushing the envelope until you start losing fans, wouldn't seem like a smart business model either. There needs to be a happy medium.

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

"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

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id

/6874079/psychic-benefits-nba-locko

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Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:43 pm
 

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

USA President - 440k per year  for life

NFL Commissioner - 20 million per year




Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:34 pm
 

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

I wonder how much more authority he negotiated for his position in this extension.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:20 pm
 

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

It's a shame that the owners can't adopt this point of view. It's only common sense. They'd rather bend over the fan base, and milk all the fans of every last penny. It's starting to wear on me as a fan, and it may  to alienate others. If an average middle class family of 4 can't afford to attend your game, then the product is overvalued.

You're wrong, they haven't even come close to hurting their fan base.  The NFL as a league is growing with more profits year after year. What you're asking for is the NFL to accept less profit just to help people that can't afford a family of 4 to go to a game, but that's not their problem.  

As long as the league continues to grow Goodell will continue to get massive raises, prices will continue to rise and small markets that can't sell out will continue to be blacked out.   



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:16 pm
 

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

Falcons wide receiver  wondered " [you] pay a man this much  that cant run tackle or catch"

White's quote is exactly why Goodell deserves every penny he's getting and every penny of every increase he gets in the future.   If Roddy White, a barely educated buffoon signed a contract for 6 years and 48 million dollars, Roger Goodell is certainly worth 20 million per season.   And player supporters can spare me with the "players are the game" crap..... yeah, players are the game, just not THESE players.  Players come and go, and the game has continued to grow year after year.  The reason the game grows is because of outstanding leadership at the top, that's where Goodell and the owners come in. 

Now that TV revenue got a hefty increase for everybody, how about ending the blackout in small markets and making ticket prices more affordable, huh?

It's called supply and demand.  Ticket prices aren't just guesses owners take or throwing darts at a dart board, they charge what people are willing to pay.  Ticket prices for the most part will continue to rise until the public refuses to pay... that's how it works.  

As for your suggesting to end blackouts in small markets, that's a crazy idea and on a business level would never even be considered in the NFL, especially in the small markets.  The second you allow a small market's fan base to watch games on TV without having to purchase tickets you'll see ticket sales drop exponentially.  That's why they are small markets and why they aren't sold out in the first place.  The league and owners aren't going to reward a fan base that chooses not to go to games by letting them watch games for free, it doesn't work that way.
 



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:12 pm
 

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

Now that TV revenue got a hefty increase for everybody, how about ending the blackout in small markets and making ticket prices more affordable, huh?

It's a shame that the owners can't adopt this point of view. It's only common sense. They'd rather bend over the fan base, and milk all the fans of every last penny. It's starting to wear on me as a fan, and it may start to alienate others. If an average middle class family of 4 can't afford to attend your game, then the product is overvalued.



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:03 pm
 

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

Falcons wide receiver wondered " [you] pay a man this much money that cant run tackle or catch"

Funny observation, Roddy! If Roger and his gang masterfully lured all TV networks to pay way much more for the seasons to come, no wonder all team owners decided to give him a special reward. After all, the NFL is pretty much like any other company, a result-driven organization. Now that TV revenue got a hefty increase for everybody, how about ending the blackout in small markets and making ticket prices more affordable, huh?



Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:00 pm
 

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

no wonder why he kisses so much ass.


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