Lost in the news that Commissioner Roger Goodell received $44.1 million in compensation is the fact that outgoing NFL Network chief Steve Bornstein had a very good year, too.
Via the Form 990 filed by the NFL, Bornstein received $26.144 million in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.
That’s a huge increase over Bornstein’s relatively meager compensation of $5.7 million from the prior year. The league explained the increase internally by citing a contractual provision that gave Bornstein a one-time final payment of $19.6 million “related to the long-term appreciation in value of the NFL Network.”
No other NFL employee made $10 million or more in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. Bornstein is schedule to retire in May; he’ll be replaced by Brian Rolapp.