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In retirement, Tagliabue is still making millions from NFL

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Though the precise benefits of non-profit status for the league office aren’t specifically known, the costs include disclosing information that the NFL would surely prefer remain private.

Case in point — but for the fact that the league office must make public disclosures in order to comply with the federal law that deflects taxes from the NFL and focuses them on the teams, we wouldn’t know how much specific persons are paid by the league.

Those persons include former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who has been appointed by current Commissioner Roger Goodell to preside over Appeal Hearing 2.0 in the bounty case.  According to the most recent Form 990 filed by the NFL, Tagliabue received $8.58 million in deferred compensation and retirement benefits for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2011.

While it doesn’t mean that Tagliabue will do that which he’s smart enough to know Goodell wants him to do, it’s another reason for the players to be leery about the decision to hand the baton from one Commissioner to another.

The proof will be in the proverbial pudding, starting with the question of whether Tagliabue will require the presence at the October 30 hearing of the two key witnesses in the case — former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo.

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27 Responses to “In retirement, Tagliabue is still making millions from NFL”
  1. Sarcasm says: Oct 20, 2012 10:13 PM

    Maybe they should let Maurice Clarett, Esquire conduct the hearing.

    Maybe the idiot players would be happy with that.

  2. panamon says: Oct 20, 2012 10:17 PM

    If this is the only reason Ginsberg will have to accuse him of being biased, it’s not going to work.

    There’s no reason to believe he won’t look at the evidence and react the proper way, and that doesn’t mean blindly doing anything.

  3. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 20, 2012 10:31 PM

    Would it kill Goodell to do just ONE THING RIGHT, like appoint an impartial party to judge this case so we can all move on with our lives?
    Goodell’s selection of a biased Tagliabue is absurd.
    Is there any sleezier professional sports league in America than Goodell’s NFL?

  4. musicman495 says: Oct 20, 2012 10:40 PM

    panamon says: Oct 20, 2012 10:17 PM

    If this is the only reason Ginsberg will have to accuse him of being biased, it’s not going to work.

    There’s no reason to believe he won’t look at the evidence and react the proper way, and that doesn’t mean blindly doing anything.
    ——————————–
    Goodell would never have made this move without knowing ahead of time that Tagliabue would cover his behind. This ploy may have snowed some fans, but not the federal judge involved in this case.

  5. dlc618 says: Oct 20, 2012 10:46 PM

    Hire. Non paid arbitrator. This is a joke.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 20, 2012 10:50 PM

    It pays to be a lawyer.

  7. mrlaloosh says: Oct 20, 2012 10:50 PM

    There may be some token changes to the suspensions. I doubt if Tags will radically change the decision of his minion, Goodell.
    Whatever can keep the evidence out of court and public scrutiny will be done. This is a done deal.

  8. letmesetyoustraight says: Oct 20, 2012 11:04 PM

    Second verse, same as the first.

  9. raiderapologist says: Oct 20, 2012 11:11 PM

    I didn’t know Tags was still breathing, much less collecting a check. Shame on me.

  10. raiderinva says: Oct 20, 2012 11:24 PM

    Honestly….

    If the players involved would just stop fighting this, it would all go away. They followed the coaches instructions on the field, but will not follow there example off the field.

    I deal with greater S*&T at work and do not make anywhere near what the players, coaches, commissioner, ex-commissioner, reporter, or whistle blower make. The majority make more in a week then I will see in my life.

    Please stop rubbing every aspect of this BS in my face and just let me enjoy the game on Sunday that is no longer just played on Sunday.

    Enough ……

    Now let me make sure I can cover tuition, books, dorm, food, and clothes for the next generation of non athletes that will have to actually work to cover future concussion victims that received a free ride.

  11. djmcba says: Oct 20, 2012 11:42 PM

    While I believe Tags is professional enough to arbitrate fairly, having your unbiased arbitrator on the books for $8.58 million is certainly enough proprietary evidence to raise a conflict of interest.

    Nonetheless, I find the comedy/irony of Goodell needing to have his old boss come in and clean up his mess thoroughly enjoyable.

  12. notthathand says: Oct 20, 2012 11:43 PM

    Does the CBA require the League to allow players to cross-examine witnesses in discipline cases? This deal with Tags is strictly a labor case, and in labor cases generally any formal agreements or rules made by the parties to adjudicate discipline grievances are binding. So if the players have that right under the CBA, the league should grant it. Otherwise, the players get what they bargained for.

    As for Judge Berrigan, it’s no surprise she encouraged a CBA-derived solution to this and was hesitant to make a ruling in Sep. Contractual labor law is not the same, obviously, as civil law (such as Vilma’s defamation suit) and the CBA limits her leeway to make a ruling, whether or not she thinks the punishment or proceedings are fair.

  13. truthfactory says: Oct 20, 2012 11:52 PM

    Not sure why it would be a big deal if it’s in fact “deferred” payment for his previous work with the league.

    It’s not like he has some sweetheart deal to continue to pay him. This is money he was supposed to have earned while working as comish, and it has been agreed to defer his payment after retirement instead… This is not additional money, but money that was deferred. Big difference… but I’m sure the lawyers will make a run at it to cover their a$$ if the appeal hearing doesn’t go their way.

  14. htowntexan says: Oct 21, 2012 12:37 AM

    As a lawyer, I will tell you this is clearly biased under the AAA standard. The CBA may have allowed biased arbitrators though. The court will decide.

  15. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 21, 2012 1:22 AM

    raiderinva says:
    Oct 20, 2012 11:24 PM
    Honestly….

    If the players involved would just stop fighting this, it would all go away. They followed the coaches instructions on the field, but will not follow there example off the field.

    Please stop rubbing every aspect of this BS in my face and just let me enjoy the game on Sunday that is no longer just played on Sunday.

    Enough ……

    Now let me make sure I can cover tuition, books, dorm, food, and clothes for the next generation of non athletes that will have to actually work to cover future concussion victims that received a free ride.
    _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-

    The hearts and minds of all sentient beings cry out in anguish at your thoughts that have been expressed into words.
    Sadness.

  16. robf2010 says: Oct 21, 2012 1:40 AM

    Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

  17. jimmylions says: Oct 21, 2012 1:56 AM

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all retire and make that much money? It’s absurd.

    During the negotiations with the NFLPA, the league office and the team offices were laying off secretaries because they claimed they were too broke to keep them on staff. What a bunch of hypocritical jerks.

    And don’t be surprised if Tagliabue says that he’d go broke if the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy were repealed. Paul Tagliabue’s retirement salary is proof that it is moronic to claim that all jobs are created by making rich people richer.

    This idea that the NFL is tax exempt needs to come to an end.

  18. papabearchalice says: Oct 21, 2012 1:58 AM

    LMFAO at “Maurice Clarett, Esquire”!!! That’s hilarious.

  19. valman61 says: Oct 21, 2012 2:10 AM

    Truthfactory:

    You seem to have a solid understanding of business definitions. However your missing the practical side of this. Deferred compensation, in this case, is money he is due to receive now from a contract benefit provided by his contract to be commissioner. It’s not like unpaid sick time or any other work he did for which he was not paid. He was given a very favorable contract to be commissioner which pays him for years after he retires. It’s no different then a pension. That is why PFT are posting stories about him being impartial to the players. Get it? I know this is contract law and can be confusing, but I believe I can help you understand this legal situation.

  20. goodellgate says: Oct 21, 2012 3:02 AM

    The word you’re looking for is sham.

  21. pppath says: Oct 21, 2012 3:23 AM

    letmesetyoustraight says:
    Oct 20, 2012 11:04 PM
    Second verse, same as the first.

    Reply to this outrages comment:

    I’m ‘enery the 8th I am, ‘enery the 8th I am I am.
    Herman’s Hermits.

    Sorry I’m being so silly, but if Mr. Goodell can then why can’t I?

  22. uglynora says: Oct 21, 2012 5:01 AM

    Maybe we could get Vilma’s mom to come in and be the unbiased third party. Vilma hasn’t discussed the probe with her and she’s every bit as likely to be at least as objective as Tags.

  23. pixelito says: Oct 21, 2012 8:46 AM

    But they can’t afford benefits for the refs.

  24. whereslelie says: Oct 21, 2012 9:30 AM

    Re-elect O’Bama and he can stick it to the man with more taxes and wealth re-distribution!!! Yeah!!! I’m sure that would make you guys happy.

    Quit hating on these guys because they offer a value to someone and get grossly compensated for it.

    Ask yourselves and answer truthfully; If some entity offered you obscene or absurd money for a service, or if You created a business for yourself that earned obscene profits, would any of you say, “No Thanks, that is not fair.”

    Just stop. What a bunch of garbage arguments of “Not Fair!” Take your ball and go home babies. Or maybe call and write your congressman.

  25. 6thsense79 says: Oct 21, 2012 9:32 AM

    So Tags is counsel for the firm representing Goodell against the lawsuit Vilma and the players filed yet he’s impartial?

    Here’s the dilemma. If he were to review the evidence and somehow come to the conclusion that what the players did was pay for performance not a Bounty program then he would strengthen the defamation case Vilma filed against Goodell.

    All I know is everyone pulled into this mess has seen their reputation take a hit….

    The coaches, players, Goodell, Mary whats her name the former prosecutor, etc. Tags reputation is pretty solid and I hope at the end of this it still is.

  26. giantssb42champs says: Oct 21, 2012 9:48 AM

    Hey apparently the NFL works just like Wall St when it comes to both executive comp AND conflicts of interest! Coincidentally the NFLs head of business operations Eric Grubman is a former Goldman Sachs banker.

  27. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 21, 2012 10:06 AM

    “Is there any sleezier professional sports league in America than Goodell’s NFL?”

    Just the money-grubbing locked-out NHL, the corrupt NBA and its gambling refs, the PED-riddled MLB, and all of professional boxing. But those are the only ones.

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