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Ditka chimes in on Goodell’s compensation

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Hall of Fame tight end and legendary coach Mike Ditka has become a bit of a troll in recent weeks.

Not in the living-under-the-bridge sense (although we haven’t seen his residence).  In the Internet-era-saying-of-things-that-will-provoke-a-strong-reaction sense.

Ditka recently ordered Matthew Stafford and others off his lawn regarding the question of whether a quarterback should wear a baseball hat backward.  Now, Ditka has offered his take on Commissioner Roger Goodell’s $44 million compensation by taking a shot at the Commander in Chief.

Ditka told the Chicago Sun-Times that he wasn’t shocked to learn that the Commissioner earns roughly 100 times more than President Barack Obama.

“Well, Goodell is doing a better job,” Ditka said.  “He deserves it.  No, I don’t have any problem with it.  The owners pay him that.  He’s the CEO of the NFL, and they feel he’s done a pretty darn good job to earn it.”

It’s not the first time Ditka has taken a swipe at Obama.  Last year, Ditka called his decision not to run against Obama for an Illinois Senate seat in 2004 the “[b]iggest mistake I ever made.”  Ditka explained that he “probably” would have won, and that Obama consequently “wouldn’t be in the White House.”

Regardless of any axe that Ditka may have to grind or political agenda to advance, Ditka’s right on one thing — the league’s owners pay Goodell what they pay him.  Ultimately, we’re all worth whatever someone will pay us for our services.

Would someone else do Goodell’s job for less than $44 million in a year?  Thousands would.  Few arguably would do it as well or better.  Ultimately, it doesn’t matter.

It also doesn’t matter whether Goodell is or isn’t doing a better job than the President.  Those who believe Goodell could do a better job than Obama should persuade Goodell to run for that office.

If they could convince him to take a 99-percent pay cut.

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  1. woodyg says: Feb 23, 2014 5:19 PM

    Ditka is an old, senile fool. He’s never known much & he knows even less today.

    The world will be a better place when he’s 6 feet under. — Sorry, but it’s the truth.

  2. thevikesarebest says: Feb 23, 2014 5:21 PM

    He used better and Goodell in the same sentence…

  3. fdugrad says: Feb 23, 2014 5:23 PM

    Iron Mike was a great tight end and belongs in The HOF, however, he backed Mrs, Palin when she was running for VP. I believe this says, in a nut shell everything one needs to know about his political acumen.

  4. cadillacjosh says: Feb 23, 2014 5:41 PM

    The fact that The Bears never went back to the Superbowl after ’85 is proof of Ditka’s intelligence.

    And I am a die hard Bear fan.

  5. unkleruckus says: Feb 23, 2014 5:42 PM

    Can’t take away 2 terms… He’s set for life! Get over it losers

  6. jjb0811 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:43 PM

    ECO 101: NFL grows, USA shrinks, who is the better leader?

  7. ariani1985 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:47 PM

    Hate him all you want. 16 game winning streak vs the Packers. Enough said.

  8. slick50ks says: Feb 23, 2014 5:47 PM

    Goodell is the worst commish in the history of sports, if you like your sport the way it has been for a hundred years.

    If you don’t really like what you say is your favorite sport, then yes, by all means he’s been a great commissioner.

    I’ll add one thing. His ridiculous compensation adds to the high ticket prices.

  9. jjones706 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:48 PM

    The POTUS currently has a approval rate of 44 % on average and 51% disapproval, so I guess many people agree with Iron mike. Our commander in chief is also in the process of destroying the greatest health care system in the world. This is the same president who thought it was a good idea to go to Las Vegas for a fundraiser(the next day) after 4 americans were killed in Benghazi. Lets stick to the NFL please.

  10. rcali says: Feb 23, 2014 5:50 PM

    Uh, oh, now Coach’s phone lines and emails will be tapped and archived. I think he said also expect an audit from the IRS.

  11. shaunypoo says: Feb 23, 2014 5:51 PM

    I love you, Mike Ditka.

  12. thereyougo2 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:52 PM

    Republicans! Game On. Plenty of simple sayings not much substance.

  13. kraa0901 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:56 PM

    I never like Ditka….but I do now!!!

  14. lks311 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:57 PM

    Nothing really inflammatory about the statement. Ditka’s been a “Get Off My Grass” Old Man for decades.

    Still love the Babe Ruth line when told he made $20K more than the President, well, he said, “I had a better year.”

  15. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:58 PM

    Oh man I’ve been wondering for weeks- What’s Ditka have to say about this?!? lol

  16. crazemastercraze says: Feb 23, 2014 5:59 PM

    Ditka like so many other rich people just don’t want to pay taxes. And anyone not conservative is in their way of making that happen. Some patriots….

  17. nofvcksgiven says: Feb 23, 2014 6:00 PM

    Classic Ditka!!

  18. ninerfan94954 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:04 PM

    Goodell probably doesn’t nod off on the job site that’s why the big bucks.

  19. mrone50 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:25 PM

    Another rich deadbeat with nothing constructive to add.

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 23, 2014 6:26 PM

    Ditka chimes in like clockwork. But everyone waiting for Big Ben to chime.

  21. idontliveinmymomsbasement says: Feb 23, 2014 6:29 PM

    Ditka drew a line in the sand. I wonder if our leader will cross?

  22. stealthjunk says: Feb 23, 2014 6:37 PM

    No problems here with the salary if the owners are willing to pay it, but definitely sounds like the owners are not very good negotiators. I’d bet a lot of money that Roger would do the job for quite a bit less than $44m. As a point of comparison, almost all CEOs of Fortune 100 companies make less than that — about $10.5 million on average. And I bet few, if any, of them enjoy their job as much as someone would running the NFL.

  23. teambringitstrong says: Feb 23, 2014 6:51 PM

    You only have to remember the Super Bowl and how he did Walter Payton dirty to question his judgment.

  24. singisking says: Feb 23, 2014 7:02 PM

    Ditka has major gingivitis. Enough to make anyone within 6 feet of him dizzy. Dunno how Boomer does it

  25. genericcommenter says: Feb 23, 2014 7:03 PM

    Hmm. I don’t think Ditka is very consistent about how much control the owners should have over how they choose to spend their money.

  26. countmahdrof says: Feb 23, 2014 7:08 PM

    Well, if compensation were based strictly on money made, then Goodell deserves his – and Obama owes a lot more.

  27. cags777 says: Feb 23, 2014 7:09 PM

    “Goodell is doing a better job.” Let’s see how good of a job he’s doing. First, he’s trying to relocate two franchises to London and is making cities cough up hundreds of millions of dollars for new stadiums. Second, he’s not addressing bad officiating from the refs the last couple years. Third, he’s punishing players for playing football legally. Do I need to go on? Bringing Obama into this makes Ditka look bitter and senile.

  28. tedmurph says: Feb 23, 2014 7:14 PM

    This guy is an uneducated blowhard. I don’t care what he thinks of Obama, wishing Palin was president…well I’ll just say it’d be a good matchup to see which of those (Palin or Ditka) were smarter. He was a great player, but the right place at the right time in Chicago. He doesn’t deserve much, if any, credit. After Ryan left, the Bears were 2-5 in the playoffs. Then he went to NOrleans, went 15-33, traded his whole draft plus a 1rst the following yr for RWilliams, poses with Williams in a wedding dress on SI(picture Belichick doing that), and acts like a buffoon at his press conferences. As for his TV work, he’ll probably make me miss SSharpe. People really still put a mike in this guys face? Time to put him out to pasture.

  29. jimjets says: Feb 23, 2014 7:18 PM

    Ok – Obama Godzilla and the 73 dolphins versus ditka. Ditka 123 – Obama Godzilla and the 73 dolphins 3. Daaaaaaaa bears!!!

  30. lonelylibertarian says: Feb 23, 2014 7:22 PM

    I love the NFL – and my Steelers – but really have a hard time understanding why the owners choose to pay this really bad commish this amount of money. Take $25 Million a year and devote it to developing, training and supporting a core of full time officials who know the rules – are in shape and can keep up with the game. 3-5 per game during the season – and 100% pro officials for the division and Superbowl – selection based on merit.

  31. promickey says: Feb 23, 2014 7:22 PM

    I thought better of Mike when he posed wearing a bridal outfit. He looked good in that picture.

    The problem with Mike these days is that he is no longer smart enough to know when to just shut up.

  32. brobroski says: Feb 23, 2014 7:28 PM

    Buddy Ryan won the SB for Chicago, Ditka was just along for the ride.

  33. SilentMajority says: Feb 23, 2014 7:31 PM

    Say what you will about Ditka, Goodell, and Obama, but the real problem are the political homers. The world would be instantly better if those people would stop treating their political parties like they were their hometown sports team.

  34. russrpm says: Feb 23, 2014 7:37 PM

    Senility is a sad thing.

  35. arlingtonassasin says: Feb 23, 2014 7:47 PM

    jjones706 says:
    Feb 23, 2014 5:48 PM
    The POTUS currently has a approval rate of 44 % on average and 51% disapproval, so I guess many people agree with Iron mike. Our commander in chief is also in the process of destroying the greatest health care system in the world. This is the same president who thought it was a good idea to go to Las Vegas for a fundraiser(the next day) after 4 americans were killed in Benghazi. Lets stick to the NFL please.

    ———————————————

    Spoken like a true insured silver spoon republican. Only in a world of guns and bigotry could you be so senile to refer to the USA as having the “best health care system in the world”. Why not ask an uninsured factory worker whether he agrees after only being able to re-attach 3 of 5 fingers because he can’t afford the other two. Or a single mother who owes $10k to have her baby in a safe hospital. Goodell is in the 1% elite and most of us are in the 99% poor. I’m sorry but nobody “deserves” 44 million dollars a year when people all over the country are broke and starving.

  36. guitarmaninks says: Feb 23, 2014 7:50 PM

    Ditka like so many other rich people just don’t want to pay taxes. And anyone not conservative is in their way of making that happen. Some patriots….

    Total commie nonsense .

    Top 1% Pay 37.4% of ALL federal taxes
    Top 5% brings it to 59.1%
    Top 10% to 70.6%
    Top 25% to 87.1%
    Source:IRS

  37. ratsfoiledagain says: Feb 23, 2014 7:53 PM

    “Ultimately, we’re all worth whatever someone will pay us for our services.”

    Lots of people have complained about Goodell’s. salary. However, the above quoted line is true.

    You can have as many jobs as you like. With as many companies as you wish.

    That being said, you’re only worth what the company you agree to work for is willing to pay you.
    Which means you agree with that you’re worth X amount as well.

    With or without bonus’s.

  38. nonetruerthanblue says: Feb 23, 2014 7:57 PM

    jjb is an idiot…Econ 101 would also say that you can’t relate scenarios unlike each other. You’re going to compare a form of entertainment to the leading the United States of America?!

    You should go back to school.

  39. Ed Bandell says: Feb 23, 2014 8:08 PM

    So Ditka basically pulled a Babe Ruth when it was pointed out that he was making more than the President and he replied, “Why not, I had a better year than he did,” but because this was about Obama it is now big news?

    Please.

  40. Ed Bandell says: Feb 23, 2014 8:12 PM

    The President of the United States (no matter who it is) is compensated in more than just monetary ways. There are a lot of benefits that a President and a lot of members of government receive for a lifetime long after they’ve served their terms of office.

    Presidents also have had careers past their terms like Jimmy Carter and his diplomacy efforts, George Bush the elder and Bill Clinton own an oil company together, just to name a couple off the top of my head.

    If you think the President is only getting paid his salary while in office and that’s all he or maybe she in the future will get, you are sadly mistaken.

  41. mikeymo74 says: Feb 23, 2014 8:13 PM

    This is really simple-minded analysis. Does anyone really think the NFL would be doing worse if Goodell was replaced by anyone else? I’d say almost anyone could do the same if not better. Just because the NFL is doing well doesn’t mean he’s doing a good job.

  42. bittersportspills says: Feb 23, 2014 8:27 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Feb 23, 2014 7:14 PM
    “After Ryan left, the Bears were 2-5 in the playoffs. Then he went to NOrleans, went 15-33, traded his whole draft plus a 1rst the following yr for RWilliams, poses with Williams in a wedding dress on SI”

    Ditka would have brought this kind of decision-making into the United States Senate. Good thing no one takes his football decision-making into account.

  43. Ed Bandell says: Feb 23, 2014 8:38 PM

    “Spoken like a true insured silver spoon republican. Only in a world of guns and bigotry could you be so senile to refer to the USA as having the “best health care system in the world”. Why not ask an uninsured factory worker whether he agrees after only being able to re-attach 3 of 5 fingers because he can’t afford the other two. Or a single mother who owes $10k to have her baby in a safe hospital. Goodell is in the 1% elite and most of us are in the 99% poor. I’m sorry but nobody “deserves” 44 million dollars a year when people all over the country are broke and starving.”

    Instead of reading what the media wants you to believe about “universal healthcare,” you should do your own research on those other forms of insurance. I have had the luxury of meeting people from all over the globe with my lines of work and believe me, none of them love socialized healthcare.

    Canadians may have “free” healthcare. What nobody tells you is that Canadians are taxed to death in order to pay for it. It isn’t “free.” The waiting lines are also terrible. I met people from Russia that said it is absolutely terrible there. People are lying in the hallways waiting for care and you can wait there all day long and still not be seen by a doctor.

    If this new healthcare idea is so wonderful, why did some states hold the President hostage for their votes and work out special deals for themselves, and why did all of the politicians make themselves exempt from it?

    Here’s my take. If the government wants to implement a plan that affects every single American, they get to be the guinea pigs for it. YOU put yourselves on the programs first and do a long term research study of it, make all of the findings public, and then let us know how it all worked out. If it isn’t good enough for the government, then it isn’t good enough for me.

  44. akboot says: Feb 23, 2014 8:39 PM

    fdugrad,
    That’s a good little leftist statement. You have NO clue what you’re talking about, I suppose you’re one of those who believe it was Palin who said, I can see Russia from my house. That was Tina Faye or however u spell her name. Along with many o0ther things she WAS correct about. Ditka is a lot smarter than u think. Idiot.

  45. kuranda84 says: Feb 23, 2014 8:50 PM

    He’s right on 2 things…the league pays the Comish, and the Commish has done a much better job than Obummer.

    …a much better job.

  46. ytownjoe says: Feb 23, 2014 9:06 PM

    I gave up my season tickets when the cost kept going up, choosing to watch the games on TV instead. Now my cable TV bill is going up because of the cost of sports programming.
    Goodell is going to get his money no matter what.

  47. tedmurph says: Feb 23, 2014 9:14 PM

    The US healthcare system doesn’t land in the top 5 for patient satisfaction in the Western countries in any scientific survey you can find. This is the real data, not the opinion of 8-10 of my friends and business associates.

    The top 10% pay 70% of income taxes. True. When you factor in State, Local and Federal taxes the top 10% pay 30% of their income, while the middle class pay 25%, bareley progressive. This doesn’t take into account payroll taxes(highly regressive) or the huge break on capital gains mostly enjoyed by the wealthy(that supposedly trickles down). Meanwhile, the gap between rich and poor in this country just keeps growing. The Federal Income tax rate is at historic lows. People that spout Limbaugh/Hannity talking points and call people ‘commies’ merely demonsttrae their ingnorance and lack of understanding.

  48. Ed Bandell says: Feb 23, 2014 9:17 PM

    The Owners think he’s doing a good job and that is all that matters. The players are represented by the NFLPA, the owners are represented by the Commissioner. People should wise up and realize that.

    He got paid that much because the owners are happy with the deals he has made in their favor.

  49. thefox61 says: Feb 23, 2014 9:26 PM

    $44 million to be CEO of a NON-PROFIT organization.

  50. bubbahotepp says: Feb 23, 2014 9:43 PM

    As a football analyst, Ditka is a joke. He contributes nothing to NFL Countdown but the kind of angry diatribes that you can hear at the local bar. Buddy Ryan won him his championship and the Bears had a losing playoff record after Ryan left. Then, when Iron Mike was hired as coach of the Saints, he trashed that franchise with his moronic Ricky Williams trade and a losing record. He’s all bluster and no brains.

  51. bearshaterseverywhere says: Feb 23, 2014 9:53 PM

    Ed Bandell, Ditka is a football player not a political figure. Why in the world are you so upset? Ditka is in his seventies and a legend to most. No one thinks his political opinions mean anything. Chill dude.

  52. thehouseofho says: Feb 23, 2014 9:54 PM

    thefox61 says:
    Feb 23, 2014 9:26 PM
    $44 million to be CEO of a NON-PROFIT organization.

    =====

    And the organization itself doesn’t make a profit. However, the individual teams are for-profit businesses and they are the ones that pay Goodell.

  53. riverhorsey says: Feb 23, 2014 9:58 PM

    44 mil, 25 mil, 10 mil a year?? Pure greed for anyone.

  54. rascalmanny says: Feb 23, 2014 10:11 PM

    Yeah, thanks Mike.

    Now we have Obamacare ads on the PFT website.

  55. richardernsberger says: Feb 23, 2014 10:38 PM

    Ditka is daft. I saw him on one of the Super Bowl pregame shows and he was loonier than ever. It’s a shame to see him become a talkative idiot as an old man.

  56. richardernsberger says: Feb 23, 2014 10:47 PM

    Goodell is outrageously overpaid in the same way that American CEOs are scandalously overpaid. There is being well compensated and then there is the greed that is rampant in the American corporate sector–and it comes from cronyism. European and Asia CEOs are extremely well paid–but they aren’t the greedy slobs that are so evident in this country. We fans see it in all the dumb schemes that throw out to “expand the game”–which is just another way of rich men trying to get richer at the expense of the players, fans and the integrity of the game.

  57. tedmurph says: Feb 23, 2014 10:58 PM

    It does seem like Goodell’s job is not that hard but he presided over a new CBA, which was a huge win for ownership, record TV contracts, expansion to Thurs nights, international marketing and expansion (like it or not), overseeing NFL.com problems with cable and satellite and launch of Redzone(my personal thanks). Also, despite the keyboard tough guys being upset about the defensive player fines wrecking the game, probably saved the owners a boatload of money on the settlement and may have protected them from future meaningful litigation. They can pay them anything they want. Worth his weight in gold to them.

  58. Blackpool says: Feb 23, 2014 11:33 PM

    Ditka’s a right-winger. Of course he supports the one percenters.

  59. unkleruckus says: Feb 23, 2014 11:44 PM

    Those that say Goddell is worth it because someone has agreed to pay him $44mil must also agree that Obama deserves to be the President because the majority of Americans agreed he’s the best person for the job. Correct? Or does it only work one way?

  60. meyeshua says: Feb 24, 2014 12:03 AM

    Anyone have any idea how many concussions Ditka suffered during his playing days?

  61. fdugrad says: Feb 24, 2014 12:25 AM

    @akboot: You are correct about the “see Russia” quote. Mrs. P. DID, however claim foreign policy experience due to the fact that Mr. Putin would be in AK when he flew into USA air space. Speaking of her knowledge in foreign affairs, she claimed that we needed to stand with our NORTH Korean allies. Furthermore, the closest she could come to naming one single newspaper or magazine she reads was to claim that she read “any of ‘em in front of me.” Lastly, let’s not forget her stories about zipping across the Canadian border for her family healthcare while demonizing socialized medical programs like Obamacare! Are the above examples some of those, as you put it, “oother” things she WAS correct about, or are these yet MORE leftist examples of me having NO clue?

  62. vascularcme says: Feb 24, 2014 1:05 AM

    I think it is an injustice that a cheerleader gets paid $75 a game (yes $75 a game) the refs are not full time employees and his compensation alone is more than double the highest paid player. It is ridiculous…

  63. Ed Bandell says: Feb 24, 2014 1:59 AM

    “Ed Bandell, Ditka is a football player not a political figure. Why in the world are you so upset? Ditka is in his seventies and a legend to most. No one thinks his political opinions mean anything. Chill dude.”

    And Babe Ruth was a baseball player that also criticized a President and was not a political figure, that’s why I used that analogy. Obviously Florio must take some issue with what Ditka said to make this a story.

    I support anyone’s right to compliment or criticize any President for whatever reason they feel is legitimate save for some very unsavory things like his race.

    All of the other comments I made were in replies to what I saw others posting, nothing more. I wanted to point out some things about healtcare, and I wanted to point out where the Commissioner’s money comes from so that people might understand why he gets compensated so highly.

    The guy is the face of a product that makes rich men richer and makes billions of dollars. Percentage-wise, he’s not getting paid all that much.

  64. pleasefiregoodell says: Feb 24, 2014 2:27 AM

    I used to like Mike until he complimented Goodell.

  65. borisbulldog says: Feb 24, 2014 3:34 AM

    Did Keyshawn have to push Ditka to wake him before he made the comments about Goodell?

  66. uglydingo says: Feb 24, 2014 3:39 AM

    Many people don’t realize that Roger Goodell’s father was a Republican Senator for New York.
    He was raised in a political family and runs the NFL like a top politician with strong control. Mike Ditka has always been very open about his interest in politics, his political leanings and even seriously considered running for office as a hard right wing Republican. Ditka has done out of his way to support the hard right wing candidates like Palin, when ESPN would probably prefer low key.
    News folks… Roger Goodell and Iron Mike are on the same team and always have been.
    $44 Million is a ridiculously large amount but most of the NFL owners are billionaires and there are perks for making them all a lot wealthier.

  67. macbull says: Feb 24, 2014 7:16 AM

    Goodell is a nut..out of touch with reality when it comes to what tackle football is supposed to be.

    Goodell says he cares about player safety, yet refuses to make the Pro-Cap, which has been successfully used by NFL players who had their careers threatened by frequent concussions…yet Goodell refuses to make the ProCap an option.

    Goodell is the son of a politician, paid like a king, following in father’s footsteps.

  68. thefox61 says: Feb 24, 2014 10:26 AM

    The organization (NFL) most certainly DOES make a profit. Just because a business is listed as a NON-PROFIT does not mean it cannot make a profit. It means they don’t have to pay taxes. This is why there has been some discussion in congress about possibly stripping the NFL of it’s TAX EXEMPT, NON-PROFIT status.
    Both MLB and the NBA were once NON-PROFIT organizations. Both decided to drop that designation. The NFL has not.

  69. virgilcole says: Feb 24, 2014 11:34 AM

    Name a President in the last few decades (or more) that wasn’t already independently wealthy BEFORE he became President.

    Since when has being President ever been about how much they make while actually serving as President?

    It’s more about the power, and how much they will make AFTER they are out of office.

  70. packfanaj12 says: Feb 24, 2014 3:10 PM

    He’s earned it? 44 mil a year… you better have invented the cure to cancer or something… It’s hard to justify paying anyone that amount of money for any job when I could be working just as hard… Lets say an average american makes around $45,000 a year and can live semi comfortably…. by that justification his time is worth more then 978 times that of average person…
    (45,000 x 978=about 44 mil)

    He is not worth it…

    I love the watching pro football, but it drives me nuts that people think they deserve this type of money.

  71. seattlelibtard says: Feb 24, 2014 7:31 PM

    Go Ditka! You should have ran for state senate. Da Bears!

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