If/when a lockout commences, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual salary of $1 per year will put him well behind all other NFL employees.
But even if Goodell’s pay doesn’t take a major plunge, he still isn’t the highest-paid league employee.
According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, NFL Network chief Steve Bornstein earned $12.65 million during the league’s most recent fiscal year, which ended March 31, 2010. Goodell earned only (only?) $9.69 million.
(Rosenthal thinks Bornstein should drop his pay to $1 until NFLN is available in all of New York City with a satellite dish.)
“I wouldn’t compare Bornstein to Goodell,” sports and entertainment compensation adviser Cathy Griffin told Kaplan. (She apparently only moonlights as a foul-mouthed comedian.) “I would compare Bornstein to people in the TV business, which has a high compensation level.”
Bottom line? Goodell apparently aimed for the wrong job.
But there’s good news. After Goodell retires, his wages will go up. Former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue received $12.51 million, via salary, bonuses, deferred pay, and retirement pay.