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NFL paid Roger Goodell $44.2M in 2012

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11:27 AM ET 02.15 | N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $44.2 million in 2012, making him among the best-paid executives in the country and perhaps the highest-paid leader of a nonprofit organization. The amount of Goodell's compensation increased about 50 percent from 2011, largely because of a bonus and pension payment of $9.1 million that he deferred two years ago after a labor dispute between the league and its players. The deferral ensured that other league employees were paid in full. While Goodell's pay is a sliver of the roughly $10 billion that the league generates annually, it exceeds the amount paid at far larger businesses and highlights the tax-exempt status that the league's head office -- though not its teams -- has had for decades.

New York Times

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February 15, 2014  11:35 AM ET

Poor man! How does he ever manage to survive on that pittance?

February 15, 2014  11:55 AM ET

"and perhaps the highest-paid leader of a nonprofit organization."

WHOA. Put the brakes on. The NFL is considered a "nonprofit" organization?

February 15, 2014  12:01 PM ET

And why are they telling us about 2012. Shouldn't this have been reported a full year ago?

February 15, 2014  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"and perhaps the highest-paid leader of a nonprofit organization."WHOA. Put the brakes on. The NFL is considered a "nonprofit" organization?

NFL yes all major sports are. Individual teams are not

February 15, 2014  12:10 PM ET

After sending out all of those emails to me, I figure he's earned every penny. And based on the number of emails I send out at work daily, I'm underpaid.

February 15, 2014  12:18 PM ET

If you run a $10 Billion enterprise owned by billionaires who are making huge profits then $44 Million is a bargain for the owners.

February 15, 2014  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"and perhaps the highest-paid leader of a nonprofit organization."WHOA. Put the brakes on. The NFL is considered a "nonprofit" organization?

Yep! As bizarre as it sounds, the NFL is a Not For Profit Organization. Officially recognized as such.

Isn't that insane?

Only in America!

February 15, 2014  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If you run a $10 Billion enterprise owned by billionaires who are making huge profits then $44 Million is a bargain for the owners.

Indeed!

They can even afford to donate $500.00 to the Save-The-Extraterrestrials Society once in a while .... just to look good.

February 15, 2014  12:29 PM ET

grossly, insanely , overpaid to ruin the game we love....

February 15, 2014  12:48 PM ET

HOLY CRAP!

February 15, 2014  01:27 PM ET

The way I see it, if Roger gave me 1M, he's still have 43.2M left!!!

February 15, 2014  02:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yep! As bizarre as it sounds, the NFL is a Not For Profit Organization. Officially recognized as such. Isn't that insane?Only in America!

It's not insane. The teams are for-profit. The money earned is divvied up amongst the 32 teams in many of the league's pursuits. The league office itself is a hub, and Goodell is an employee of the 32 teams. It actually makes perfect sense. The NYSE is basically the same, in that the NYSE itself is non-profit, but the members are for-profit.

February 15, 2014  02:42 PM ET

$44.2 million for Choirboy makes me want to vomit. Thief.

February 15, 2014  02:59 PM ET

Will someone please tell me who introduced him to the NFL and how he became commissioner ?

The guy is not a visionary, he is a reactionary. He is the same as the captain of the Titanic. Full steam ahead until you hit an iceberg and then he will make the players / customers / fans pay for it.

It is really a shame that the NFL and the AFL merged. At least back then they were competitive with one another to win the support of fans .

February 15, 2014  03:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Will someone please tell me who introduced him to the NFL and how he became commissioner ? The guy is not a visionary, he is a reactionary. He is the same as the captain of the Titanic. Full steam ahead until you hit an iceberg and then he will make the players / customers / fans pay for it. It is really a shame that the NFL and the AFL merged. At least back then they were competitive with one another to win the support of fans .

As an economics major out of college, he got an internship with the NFL front office in the early 80s after a letter writing campaign. Been with them pretty much ever since.

February 15, 2014  03:33 PM ET

He should share it with those former players that don't know what day it is.

February 15, 2014  04:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

He should share it with those former players that don't know what day it is.

LOL TX yea hold your breath for that. More like "I got mine F you"

February 15, 2014  04:33 PM ET

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION??????????????????? If you think so, buy one of the jerseys!!!

February 15, 2014  07:13 PM ET
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NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION??????????????????? If you think so, buy one of the jerseys!!!

It's a great tax shelter like a church

 
February 15, 2014  07:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

grossly, insanely , overpaid to ruin the game we love....

I only have 2 questions - First, who is his agent, and second, did the rest of the owners let Crazy Al Davis negotiate this contract?

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