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Goodell, Pash will reduce their pay to $1 in event of work stoppage

Earlier today, Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network reported that Commissioner Roger Goodell has advised the league’s teams that he’ll reduce his salary to $1 per year.

We’ve confirmed that Goodell will indeed reduce his salary to $1 annually.  (Which is slightly better than zero dollars plus benefits, babe.)  We’ve also learned that NFL general counsel Jeff Pash, who’s leading the league’s negotiating team, also will be reducing his pay to $1 annually.  Other league executives have volunteered to reduce their compensation, but Goodell has asked them not to do so at this time.

Of course, the key factor is when a “work stoppage” commences.  As of March 4, there is no “work” to be “stopped”.  It’s our understanding that, in this specific context, “work stoppage” means the commencement of a lockout.

The memo from Goodell to the teams, a copy of which we’ve obtained, explains that the league’s Compensation Committee will not make a decision on any bonus for Goodell until a new labor deal is reached.

And, of course, the bonus paid to Goodell after the CBA is finalized easily could be inflated to compensate him for his lost compensation.  Thus, we suspect that the union’s response to the news will be that it’s a hollow P.R. ploy aimed at creating the impression that Goodell and Pash have a stronger-than-usual incentive to get a deal done, and that any delays can be blamed on the union.

But why should we guess at what the union’s response will be?  NFLPA spokesman George Atallah will appear on PFT Live at 12:00 p.m. ET today.  I’ll just ask him.

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35 Responses to “Goodell, Pash will reduce their pay to $1 in event of work stoppage”
  1. ckacv111 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:10 AM

    Noble, but only in the eyes of blind sheep.

  2. 4sacroc says: Jan 26, 2011 11:11 AM

    $1 more than Goodell deserves.

  3. hnirobert3 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:11 AM

    Can they even do that? What’s minimum wage?

  4. worldsgreatestbearsfan says: Jan 26, 2011 11:12 AM

    Don’t the owners pay the League execs salary? Sounds like even more incentive for the owners to lockout.

  5. lhaveprettyfeet says: Jan 26, 2011 11:15 AM

    How about they give back the MILLIONS they’ve made over the past few years?

  6. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 26, 2011 11:16 AM

    That’s more than he deserves considering the way he’s ruining the game

  7. Stiller43 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:21 AM

    With the way he has been running things, $1 seems kind of high…

  8. ErikW65 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:21 AM

    Goodell’s salary is $9.76M, twice as much as many head coaches, so I guess he’ll be alright.

    Nice PR move.

  9. lhaveprettyfeet says: Jan 26, 2011 11:22 AM

    Cash, check, or direct deposit?

  10. skulz fontaine says: Jan 26, 2011 11:23 AM

    Goodell and Pash are gonna work for chump change? Yeah, big deal. Goodell, Pash, NFL owners, sponsors, television, media concerns that live that symbiotic life off the NFL, the NFLPA, and the players themselves NEED TO REMEMBER- no fans no money.
    Who’s the cash cow here anyway? So boys and here’s a clue 4 you- gits your sorry asses to work and SETTLE THIS NOW! “Lock out?” Don’t try it. Don’t do it.
    Golly with Goodell at the controls as the commish, he sort of leaves Pete Rozelle seem palatable.

  11. goodjet says: Jan 26, 2011 11:26 AM

    Wip-Te-Do —– Like that’s going to have any impact on playing football or not playing football —- So — Big Freaking Deal —- Whatever !!!!

  12. alanschech says: Jan 26, 2011 11:26 AM

    It is just PR, because once it is done they can obviously compensate them both for the money lost.

    Just get the agreement done. A lockout services nobody. Get it done

  13. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 26, 2011 11:26 AM

    Still overpaid.

  14. xtb3 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:26 AM

    They really do think the players are idiots! Immediately after a deal is signed, Goodell and Pash will receive raises/bonuses more than making up the amount they so graciously are willing to forego now.

  15. Deb says: Jan 26, 2011 11:30 AM

    It’s an empty gesture, but even if it weren’t, it would be far more than he deserves. How about a severance package instead?

  16. commoncents says: Jan 26, 2011 11:35 AM

    It doesn’t change that he doesn’t govern fairly. How about he just quit???

  17. lucky5927 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:35 AM

    I can not get the image out of my mind from the training camps where the players said Rog was unprepared and unable to answer their questions…and this happened at more than one camp. Makes you wonder how he would justify his highly inflated salary of $1 per year.

  18. jc1958coo says: Jan 26, 2011 11:36 AM

    pr ploy what a joke and so is goodell! better go get my boots! lmao

  19. skoobyfl says: Jan 26, 2011 11:38 AM

    It’s the average amount the people that believe in him earn right now without unemployment.

    Billionaires vs Millionaires take 1.

  20. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 26, 2011 11:47 AM

    I’m getting sick and tired of this “he’s only doing this for PR.” crap. Just get this thing done and be over with it.

  21. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 26, 2011 11:51 AM

    Hey, Roger: how about instead of reducing your salary to $1, you divide your entire salary amongst stadium workers, vendors and other NFL-related employees who won’t get paid in 2011?

    Something tells me you’ll be able to manage for a year or two based on the tens of millions you make annually. Everyone else, not bloody likely.

    But hey, way to try and look like a hero in this situation. Do you and Obama go to the same country club?

  22. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 26, 2011 11:51 AM

    I am shocked Goodell earns a salary. He has been on a crusade to ruin the NFL since the 2010 season began.

  23. footballisking says: Jan 26, 2011 11:52 AM

    Deb summed it up best….that is one dollar to much and a severance packcage is what should be in goodells future

  24. oldbyrd says: Jan 26, 2011 12:05 PM

    I ll chip in

  25. broncsfan says: Jan 26, 2011 12:10 PM

    Goodell gets an annual salary? I just sort of assumed he got commission for each Tuesday morning rule clarification.

  26. tjsmama says: Jan 26, 2011 12:19 PM

    That would be one dollar more than his total value! We should fine him for unnecessary softening of the league!

  27. dbellina says: Jan 26, 2011 12:46 PM

    The government will still take half of it for taxes.

  28. bigperm33 says: Jan 26, 2011 12:48 PM

    What a joke. What an absurd PR stunt. How does this help? Just to show he is seriously trying to get a deal done? Joke. This man is not smart and things like pushing for 18 games and now this just make me really worry about the future of the sport in his hands. We have seen in baseball what an incompetent commissioner can do to ruin the sport. Don’t think the same thing can’t happen to football under Goodell’s leadership.

  29. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 26, 2011 12:54 PM

    What about his bonuses?

  30. jusford says: Jan 26, 2011 12:59 PM

    Pay me $9.7mill for a year and I’ll work 5 years for $1.

  31. richm2256 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:22 PM

    Remember, you get what you pay for.

    If Goodell can’t prevent a work stoppage, he’ll be overpaid at $1

  32. efangule says: Jan 26, 2011 1:35 PM

    (Which is slightly better than zero dollars plus benefits, babe.)

    If he were paid $0, they would not be able to give him any benefits.

    This is why Steve Jobs gets only $1 as well.

  33. melikefootball says: Jan 26, 2011 1:39 PM

    He needs to be fined for his talk of owners and players. Don’t coaches get fined for talking of the refs?

  34. hobartbaker says: Jan 26, 2011 1:44 PM

    Raj sets the salary bar for Commissioner of the No Football League.

  35. fin72 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:53 PM

    This guy is as big of a phony schmuck as there is.

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