Report: Roger Goodell made $34.1 million last year

AP

Clearly, Roger Goodell isn’t a part of his league’s performance-based pay setup.

According to multiple reports, the league’s most recent tax filing shows that the commissioner made $34.1 million last year, pushing his nine-year compensation to $180.5 million.

Those numbers will serve as a dog-whistle for all the folks who think Goodell has had a disastrous recent run in charge of the league.

Though he’s still raking in record revenues, he’s been plagued by hits in the court of public opinion and a continuous string of defeats in actual courts.

Of course, his bosses can’t be too upset with him, as they’ve made him the world’s highest-paid pinata because he’s helping them make even more money. And this is also the last peek we’ll get behind this curtain, as they’ve given up their tax-exempt status and don’t have to disclose the figures any more.

156 responses to “Report: Roger Goodell made $34.1 million last year

  1. Why so fixated on his salary?

    The NFL generates billions of dollars of revenue. Even if you disagree with Goodell’s decisions in some areas – he is leading an organization that has provided great returns for his bosses – the Team Owners.

    At the end of the day, as long as the owners are happy – it is irrelevant what anyone else’s opinion is of his performance.

  2. He got the most important thing right this year and that is LA and that amazing facility the league will get from Kroenke. He screwed up on Brady, but the owners don’t care and wanted him to do that.

  3. Probably literally the most absurd thing about the NFL. I’m a free market guy and think people should be paid as much as they can get- but why aren’t they just offering this guy like $5 million? Who exactly is the competition that is bidding for his services here?

    Incomprehensible.

  4. So, if I understand right: you can arbitrarily fine players, butcher high-profile investigations of your league’s top players, lie (or “mis-state the facts”) in legal proceedings, and fail to provide any leadership at all during relocation negotiations between your league’s owners….and you still bring home oodles of cash.

    Is it me or does it seem like this guy does literally nothing right? Is this what you get paid to take bullets for your billionaire friends? I just don’t see how this guy does anything that a lot of other people couldn’t do a lot better.

  5. RavenzGunnerz says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:34 PM
    And before you complain about Roger’s salary… remember that Kim Kardashian brought in $52mil. America!

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    I agree that Kim Kardashian’s income seems crazy, but at least she has some sort of (hazily) definable talents! For the life of me I don’t know what Roger’s talents are. I mean, his suits have more talent than he does.

  6. RavenzGunnerz says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:34 PM

    And before you complain about Roger’s salary… remember that Kim Kardashian brought in $52mil. America!


    At least Kim K. is very good at doing whatever it is that she does.

    Roger stinks at doing his job. Only in this country is gross incompetence richly rewarded.

  7. “Of course, his bosses can’t be too upset with him, as they’ve made him the world’s highest-paid pinata because he’s helping them make even more money. ”

    That’s so true. Goodell is basically like a punching bag that owners gave to fans to take out their frustrations. He also gets his hands dirty when necessary (spygate, Ray Rice, and concussions). For how much abuse he takes and how money he makes the league I think his salary is appropriate.

  8. Clearly, Roger Goodell isn’t a part of his league’s performance-based pay setup.

    Though he’s still raking in record revenues
    —————–
    These statements are in direct conflict with one another. What, exactly, do you think Goodell is paid to do? The NFL has record revenue. Do people not realize that their isn’t a #2 on their goals list?

  9. How come we celebrate people that win millions in the lottery but curse people like Godell? Good for him. I can’t stand the Kardashians but good for them to. Rather then whining about a hand out or free stuff I’ll spend my time trying to study how successful people do it.

  10. If roger goodell had a son… he would have him play football because guys who make $34,000,000 a year have children that play football.

    Gimme a break.

    Name the best high school football teams and 100% of the time… it’s not a snobby expensive boarding school that specializes in preparing the children for furthering their education at Yale.

  11. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:34 PM

    Well deserved. He deals will so much abuse.
    ———————-

    Of his own making.

  12. In school/college typically kids learn how to write a paper making use of a thesis supporting details, etc. I think colleges should offer higher level writing skills. For you know if you want to become president or commissioner of the NFL. So you still write a thesis explaining what your paper is going to be about, but then instead of supporting your thesis you are graded on how many pages you can write about your topic while never once even touching upon your thesis. The second you even come close to anything substantial you would get docked points.

    For example if writing a thesis about causes of World War II, I can just have page after page talking about the world, and how we’re striving to create a better world. And the people of the world are doing everything in their power not to have a world war.

  13. Who are we (the public) to say he is bad at his job? He is probably doing exactly what the owners want him to do. The league is more popular now than ever. He takes the heat off of the owners and makes them more money. He must be pretty good at his job.

  14. Basically Goodell is nothing more than Jerry Jones’ puppet. And since Jerry continuously has crazy ideas percolating in his brain, this translates to gibberish coming out of Goodell. But Goodell doesn’t care because he’s getting money for nothing.

    However this translates into sad results for true football fans.

  15. sbhntr says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:55 PM

    He is not respected and has become an example of buffoonery. He has to go.
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    ^ Needs 1000 likes!

    🙂

  16. Before people complain he gets paid more than he deserves, look at the revenue generated by the league. Anyone in that position would get the same pay.

    By no means do I say he is worth that amount, but a CEO rarely is either.

  17. The owners only need to read the comment section of this article to remember why Roger is employed by them; better to let Roger be used for a public Piñata than for the fans to pursue them with every complaint they have for the league and the game. That and the owners need a dump truck to move the cash they make.

  18. interesting. I suppose I may prove Patriot Hater right some day: when Belichick and Brady are both retired…..it may be the break I need to stop supporting this sport. and it won’t be because of the team the Patriots field, it will be because of the team at 345 Park Ave.

  19. Figures that it would be the ignorant Patriot Hater who are the most passionate rump smoochers of this clown.

    As expected. They just aren’t very bright and I don’t expect them to know what is good and not good for the sport.

    🙂

  20. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:34 PM

    Well deserved. He deals will so much abuse.

    —–
    So he deserves to make 50X more in salary than police and our armed forces who deal with much more abuse?

    LOL.

  21. I agree that Kim Kardashian’s income seems crazy, but at least she has some sort of (hazily) definable talents!

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    Define talent?

  22. realtruthteller100 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:58 PM

    all you jealous socialists need to get over yourselves. roger earned his money by protecting the shield BOTTOM LINE
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    actually, Roger IS the shield (behind which the owners stand)

  23. So he was overpaid 34 million.
    Would you like to write a check for that Mr Goodell or would you prefer a payroll deduction?

  24. “Though he’s still raking in record revenues…”

    *he’s*??? The *league* is raking in record revenues. And it would still be doing so with a cardboard cutout standing in his office. Why they keep paying him so much to do such a poor job is what baffles all of us.

  25. nyfootballgiants says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:32 PM
    Why so fixated on his salary?
    _____
    Because most of us find it ridiculous that he gets paid this amount of money for very poor performance. If you argue the one and only criterion for judging his performance is increasing revenue, then yes, he’s done a marvelous job. But even that isn’t really his doing. He has fabulous negotiators on his staff that know how to get maximum payout for broadcast rights to football games. RG, on the other hand, has helped to continue to foster the culture of denial about head injuries, launched questionable investigations about player/team conduct, and most of those investigations were completely botched at some point, has made no attempt to improve substandard officiating, has become so power-drunk he can’t see anything wrong with a tyrannical approach to player discipline, and presides over a football league that has a rule book so convoluted that no two people on Earth who read that rune book have the same definition of a catch.

    So kudos to RG for putting the right people in place to maximize broadcast revenue. Nothing else he has done in 9 years has been even the slightest bit successful. So yeah, a lot of us are upset at how much money he makes.

  26. In 2014 Goodell made 44 Million and this year he had to take a 10 M pay reduction to 34.1M since he wasted 10M of the owners money to pay for the wasted $$$ on the Wells Fantasy Report

  27. It is very troubling that the NFL is considered a non profit when their commish makes that much money.

  28. The good thing is, the 2nd Circuit will be putting Goodell and his rump smoochers in place in about a month or so and put an end to the farce called Deflategate.

    Once this happens then Goodells seat should start getting a lot warmer. I can’t see the owners tolerating a neutered commissioner for long when it comes time to issue discipline for something real, not something made up like Deflategate was.

  29. League of Greed. It’s a new world order in the NFL dominated by unadulterated greed. It’s all about how much money the owners can grab at the expense of the players and fans. They don’t care about the health of the players once they leave the league with broken bodies. They don’t care about the kids working in Central American sweat shops as long as they can sell their jerseys for over $300 when it only cost them a few bucks to make. Why should the NFL pay for state of the art stadiums when they can get foolish fans to pay in the tens of thousands for PSL fees just for the right to purchase season tickets? The fans have made themselves the victims here. I love going to NFL games but I for one refuse to line the pockets of these greedy fat owners by mortgaging my families financial future just so I can have the privilege to buy season tickets. I’ll be fine streaming all of my NFL games (for free) on the internet. I know it’s a bit unethical, but it’s nothing compared to what the league is doing to its fans and players. It’s a shame that my favorite sport since childhood has turned into a commercialized money grab for the rich. There’s no turning back now. It is what it is. Nothing personal, just business.

  30. We pay our elected senators/representatives a half million a year for what they accomplish. Compared to them, Goodell is worth at least ten times what he is paid.

  31. He’s a tool! I don’t blame him, its the dumb ass owners that allow his antics.
    Most of these present owners are nothing but spoiled rich kids that their daddy’s passed down to them.

  32. eagles3333 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:54 PM

    Who are we (the public) to say he is bad at his job?
    —————————

    Let’s see.

    Ray Rice fiasco.
    Adrian Petersen fiasco.
    Bountygate fiasco.
    Deflategate fiasco.

    0-5 in Federal court.
    Called a liar by a Federal judge.
    Caught lying at the Brady appeal hearing.
    International football games.
    Dean Blandino
    Detrimental rules changes.

    And that’s just off the top of my head.

  33. Guess who is on the nfl compensation committee that determines Goodell’s salary and bonuses?

    I’ll give you a hint, Goodell infamously destroyed evidence to protect this man in 2007…….

    If you guessed Goodell’s old pal Robert Kraft, you’d be correct. A little a quid pro quo seems highly likely.

  34. Every Patriot fan who thinks Goodell is “out to get them”….keep in mind Robert Kraft was instrumental in getting Goodell a 7 yr $300 million dollar contract, he was one of 3 owners to get Goodell this salary. So next time u think Goodell didnt help the patriots by burning spygate tapes, and didnt help the patriots by slapping them with a fine and such a lackluster investigation that a free public defender could have handled better which got their punishment reduced to a fine that amounts to about $5 to us normal folks………..just ask yourself if you’d be against an owner who got you $42 million/yr over 7 yrs……Doesnt make much sense now does it. But sure, Goodell “hates” kraft and is out to get the Pats lol.

  35. “We pay our elected senators/representatives a half million a year for what they accomplish.”

    um yeah, we pay them to steal from us. thanks for the reminder.

  36. Between his compensation and the value he will destroy with his sheer and almost unimaginable incompetence, Goodell will extract enough money from the 32 NFL owners to pay for Bernie Sanders healthcare plan!

  37. Goodel is much more then a tool. He full well knows and is an active participant in the scandals he has created as well as the cover-ups = HGH Manning.

  38. Presumably LESS in 2016, now that the NFL has decided to pay Federal Income Tax lol (NFL gave up its “Tax Exempt” status, almost as calmly as deciding to get a new haircut! lol) The wealthy never want to pay their fair share of taxes, why is that? The Middle Class American is always shouldering the tax burden. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” (from the film “Network” 1976).

  39. ampats says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:20 PM

    If the patriots dont cheat, no need to waste money on an investigation. They had to waste money on spygate too. Maybe the Patriots should have paid for that huh? Kraft was 1 of 3 owners to get Goodell this salary………but yet you think goodell is ‘out to get’ kraft. Any employee who decides his boss’ salary wont EVER be punished in a fair manor- hence spygate, burned tapes and same outcome as deflategate. A fine- which is NOTHING to a billionaire. If you fined me $1 i wouldnt care at all, its the same for Kraft. And keep in mind Kraft felt so strongly about how good of a job Goodell is doing that he backed a $300 million contract for Roger……..the second Roger found kraft’s team guilty all the sudden Roger sucks and is incompetent???? Weird how that works. “you’ve been doing an amazing job for over a decade Roger! Im getting you $42 mil/yr. Oh wait, you found MY team guilty? ok you suck, you dont know what your doing”.

  40. The product sucks, though. It’s watered down, which is why Goodell is deseprate to get Jax in London, but nervous investors who don’t see a legit parity, won’t budge.

    It’s that simple. Would you partner with the NFL and the Jags if you knew the competition would be ENglish Premier League soccer?

    London will never work for various reasons, but that is the main reason why Jax hasn’t offically moved there yet.

    You’d have to be daft or be given protections as a London corportation or a corporation looking to invest in London, in order to protect yourself with the inevitable failure of Jax in London.

    The Jags would need to be good or great right away, but the only reason Carolina and Jax were great out of the gate, each going to title games in 1996, was because the cap started in 1993, which allowed really good players in their prime to cash in as “free agents”. It started with Reggie White in 1993 going to Philly.

    Kevin Greene from the Rams to the Panthers, etc. I could make a huge list of really good players that were in their prime and got paid, but there is no way to get a ton of good players under a cap on a Jax club right now.

    Jax HAS to be playoff ready by 2020 to get them off to a good start in Europe and to keep momentum, otherwise it will fail.

    You can’t sustain on fantasy football fanfare alone. Goodell and the owners are delusional.

    They’ll also have trouble attracting free agents and the scheduling will be a mess. You expect teams to fly from the west coast, go through 4 or 5 time zones and play a game on Sundays? LMAO

  41. If Seatttle won SB 49, he would have made more money.

    So, he got 10 million less if someone other than NE won SB 49.

    Now we know the root of these witch hunts and framejobs vs NE.

    Money, greed and power.

    There isn’t much parity in the NFL these days, unless you want to talk bad or mediocre teams taking up the bulk of the league, which means you have a BAD product.

    Hey, Roger! How come the Jags aren’t in London by now?

    Got some nervous London investors over there not believing in parity because of what the Pats are doing?

    Hmmmmmm?

  42. What a waste of money to pay him this kind of salary. Goodell is not in the best interest of the NFL. How these owners who are business wise smart, can’t seem to realize what a fool they have as a commissioner.

  43. It’s the owners call…everyone who negatively reviews his performance calm down, it’s not on you. I’m sure if he wasn’t taking the league in the right direction, there would be a change. And to all you Patriots fans… it really isn’t all about you.

  44. Does everyone here not understand that the NFL is a business (a collection of businesses if you want to be completely accurate)? Profits are the goal of businesses, and the NFL is raking in the cash. The comments like, “The League of Greed” and “the owners only care about money”… What do you expect them to care about, *your* opinion? Viewership is steadily increasing, revenue streams are healthy, and when the time comes for the league to do something unpopular they roll Roger out there to take the beating. Why wouldn’t ownership love him and compensate him in a way that shows it?

  45. Don’t like it? Don’t buy the product. I’m sorry but I’m tired of hearing about how bad he sucks from people who continue to consume his product. If he’s that horrible don’t support his league.

    We live in a time of significant information, significant social change, and the significant ability to get online and complain.

    Compared to the money the league makes, and even what some of the players make, his salary is a foot note.

    I haven’t agreed with many of his decisions, but at the end of the day so long as the league continues to take in cash from fans, he is doing his job in delivering the wishes of the owners. Until they are dissatisfied with having chosen him as their executive leader, he’s not going anywhere. The job of the commissioner isn’t, despite apparently belief, to be beholden to the players or fans. The commission is the best interest (wealth) of the owners. That is NOT going to change no matter who the commissioner is because THAT is the job.

    Some people have the impression that Goodell chooses to be an “owners first” guy, as if he has that option. That’s not the case. The job is to be the executor of the owners.

    And before anybody acts like Tagliabu was so much better, is that true or did he just not have to make his decisions in an era where the Internet and social media made it so easy to have an “informed” opinion?

    Again I don’t like many of the choices Goodell has made but he doesn’t work for me or the players so he really owes me nothing and if I don’t like that, I have the option to not consume the product. I also fully understand his job is to serve and represent the ownership group. Plain and simple.

    Perhaps someone else could come in and make better choices but at the end of the day they are also going to make millions of dollars and will also represent the owners first.

  46. And yet I still can’t get anything akin to The Sunday Ticket online or through pretty much anything except DTV. Don’t the owners wonder how much people who no longer live in their team’s market area would pay to see their team games? This schmuck has left likely 8 to 9 figures a year in fans wallets.

  47. Not to mention his continued attempts to ruin the product.

    More games equal more injuries equal more players playing that can’t make the league now.

    Incomprehensible rules create confusion and anger from fans toward the league, disrupt game flow and extend game times.

    Incompetent heavy handed “leadership” that thinks onerous and arbitrary actions against the players helps its image.

    I wonder what they’ve left on the table from fans disgusted by this.

  48. C’mon people; don’t be so naive. Roger isn’t paid to please the fans. Roger is paid to please the owners and take “their arrows” and be the owners buffer…based on that, Roger’s earned every penny.

  49. Roger Goodell is severely underpaid.

    Yes, I am 100% serious. The television deals he has secured are ridiculously profitable for everyone associated with the NFL. He’s led efforts to get more female fans of football, which has greatly increased merchandise sales when you add an entire gender of potential customers.

    Ratings continue to grow. He is pretty close to finalizing a concussion agreement based mostly on issues before his time at the position.

    What you have are a few disgruntled players who are mad because they face a penalty for their illegal hits. You also have him being blamed for the immature and illegal acts of a few select players, something he has nothing to do with. These players have been protected for years by support systems, yet he was the one at fault when the media decided 3 years ago they’d actually start treating women with respect and calling out abusers and rapists.

    I am a New England Patriots fan. He clearly made a mistake there, but there’s no denying the financial success he is responsible for. In most companies, bringing add revenue means you’re doing a good job.

  50. @kylextiron

    YOu’re seeeing the over-saturation of the product right now…Just because it’s not affecting them right this second, it’s too late.

    They’ve over-saturated the market here which is why the Thurs night games suck.

    Ratings are terrible, ESPN just canned hundreds of people due to a BAD NBA TV contract, so the NFL isn’t really seeing the true ROI that they expected with that bamboozling of the union in the new CBA.

    Translation?

    No one counted on the Pats going to Super Bowls still, and annually being in the AFC Title game as the 1 or 2 seed.

    Why do you think Goodell greased the game in Denver in November with such awful officiating favoring Denver?

    To get Denver the 1 seed.

  51. @Sonhoodoo
    You nailed it.

    Note how ALL of this started when Goodell came on board. This never was going on in the Rozelle and Tagliabue eras.

    All the changed or adjustments in those eras, were rational and positive for the league, and they were VOTED ON by the teams.

    Rozelle and Tagliabue never doctored the wording of rules and sent out “memos” about it.

    We know Goodell doctored the Wells Report with Pash calling it “wordsmithing”.

    Get Wells on a federal stand right now. He’ll probably crack.

  52. jmd0722 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:55 PM

    What a waste of money to pay him this kind of salary. Goodell is not in the best interest of the NFL. How these owners who are business wise smart, can’t seem to realize what a fool they have as a commissioner.
    —————————-

    The owners have the exact type of commissioner that they want.

    They don’t want someone with a backbone or with integrity in that position.

    They’ve got a Goodellbot.

  53. @Kevinlawrencecantor

    You need to do your own homework instead of listening to the Sheriff Goebbels lip service.

    They’re maxed out here in North America. London ratings for those games are terrible.

    It’s why Jax hasn’t moved there yet.

    Investors are not sold. If what you say is so true, why does Kahn still own a team in a terrible tv market and not a better one in London?

    THe CBA is what makes it appear like “ratings are high”…Thurs night ratings are down and the product is terrible.

    Only a matter of time before this snowballs and they start seeing it in their pockets, but make no mistake, it’s started.

    Enjoy those overpaid, part time refs at 150K, do ya?

    They don’t even know their own rules and it’s no apparent a lot of em are on the take, too.

  54. He deserves every penny; he takes the blame for the HIDEOUS stances that the owners take on domestic violence, other crime, team locations, London. Everyone torching Roger, you DO realize that the ideas he comes out with aren’t his own, right? He’s basically a spokesman for the owners.

  55. Everyone is bashing him, yet when the CEO of a company gets like $100 million but their revenues are half that of the NFLs no one cares about that CEO’s pay. Call him a commissioner but he’s basically the CEO of the NFL

  56. jgedgar70 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:17 PM
    nyfootballgiants says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:32 PM
    Why so fixated on his salary?
    _____
    Because most of us find it ridiculous that he gets paid this amount of money for very poor performance. If you argue the one and only criterion for judging his performance is increasing revenue, then yes, he’s done a marvelous job. But even that isn’t really his doing. He has fabulous negotiators on his staff that know how to get maximum payout for broadcast rights to football games. RG, on the other hand, has helped to continue to foster the culture of denial about head injuries, launched questionable investigations about player/team conduct, and most of those investigations were completely botched at some point, has made no attempt to improve substandard officiating, has become so power-drunk he can’t see anything wrong with a tyrannical approach to player discipline, and presides over a football league that has a rule book so convoluted that no two people on Earth who read that rune book have the same definition of a catch.

    So kudos to RG for putting the right people in place to maximize broadcast revenue. Nothing else he has done in 9 years has been even the slightest bit successful. So yeah, a lot of us are upset at how much money he makes.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Sigh……

    He is the representative of the owners. His role is to be the lightning rod for criticism – and to deflect it from the owners while maximizing profits.

    Keep in mind that historically, there are players who have done many things off of the playing field that are illegal or worse. In the pre internet world, it was easy for them to get away with things – so the league never had to handle them.

    The league also has to deal with the union, or the potential threat of union activity – which limits their responses.

    I think in the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations, the league was really hoping that they would go away – but they didn’t. I don’t think the owners were begging for Rice or Peterson to be made an example of. But i will bet you that the majority of the owners don’t see the issue the same way you do.

    You also level accusations that you can’t prove. How can you say that he hasn’t done anything to improve substandard officiating? Do you know what he has done?

    It’s real easy to sit on your side of the TV and level accusations that you can’t possibly prove.

    Once again – the only opinion that matters when discussing someone’s performance is their supervisor. My feeling is the NFL is pleased with the work Goodell has done – and that is evident in his compensation. Because, if he was not doing his job – they could fire him, and there would be many highly qualified people lined up to replace him….

  57. @myfootballgiants

    I don’t think players getting DUIs or drug busts, domestics, pre Goodell did not make the news. They did.

    Lawrence Taylor was coke out of his gourd, for example.

    The point is, things were handled in house and rationally.

    Meanwhile, he protects the Ravens and Ray Rice, while making up witch hunts vs the Pats, lying about what it really is, to be able to punish for parity purposes.

    I repeat: Noen of this was going on under Tagliabue or Rozelle.

    This is about a batch of newer, greedy owners wanting this to be their time in the sun. I

    It’s about money, greed and power, so silver spooned turds like Irsay, Woody Johnson and Bisciotti can satisfy their own personal entitlements, as they continue to botch drafts or cheat the teambuilding process to sustain success.

    It’s arrogant, corrupt and illegal for that matter, to have a commissioner in on it with them.

  58. walker615 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:35 PM

    Probably literally the most absurd thing about the NFL. I’m a free market guy and think people should be paid as much as they can get- but why aren’t they just offering this guy like $5 million? Who exactly is the competition that is bidding for his services here?

    Incomprehensible.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Why do people get so bent out of shape when millionaires make more millions?

    They are not taking it FROM you.

    It’s almost like the posters on PFT feel like they are taking from your actual wallet.

    If indirectly you feel that is the case-you go to a game-which gives revenue to the team, which the teams pay Goodell, then my advice: DON’T GO TO THE GAMES, or DON’T BUY THE MERCHANDISE!!!!!!

    If we could all make $34 million a year, we all would, each and every one of us.

    The free market society still creates the best in competition and efficiency…..not perfect, but it is the best society, by a LONG shot……just ask China and Russia citizens.

    Long live AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. At an average of barely more than $1 million/yr per team, the NFL owners have an absolute bargain to run their business.

    If I was an owner, I’d be laughing-all the way to the bank!!!!!!

  60. colt13 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 2:40 PM

    What surprises me here is not that the NFL gave up it’s tax exempt status, but that they had it in the first place.
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    It’s because the NFL League Office is separate from the 32 franchises, each of which pays taxes on their revenue.

  61. @tylawspick6

    The Jaguars haven’t moved because it doesn’t make logistical sense for a team that be based in the UK. You’re competing with soccer and rugby, but that’s just a small piece of the issue. Do you know how many players get cut by each team every year? How many get resigned? You can’t keep flying people back and forth? You also have to decide how many times they’ll fly for road games, and how many times they’ll be required to do media? Will players move there?

    There’s also a number of tax issues when you talk about setting up a business in a different country as opposed to playing a few games.

  62. Who are we (the public) to say he is bad at his job?
    —————————

    Let’s see.

    Ray Rice fiasco.
    Adrian Petersen fiasco.
    Bountygate fiasco.
    Deflategate fiasco.

    0-5 in Federal court.
    Called a liar by a Federal judge.
    Caught lying at the Brady appeal hearing.
    International football games.
    Dean Blandino
    Detrimental rules changes.

    And that’s just off the top of my head.
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    More: Sold tickets to a Super Bowl when seats did not exist. Had lights go out at Super Bowl. Horrible field for Super Bowl 50. Wants to hold Super Bowl overseas. Advocates football in the Olympics. Botched referee lockout. Contacted players during player lockout in violation of league rules. Imposed penalties on Cowboys and Redskins for exceeding non-existent salary cap almost resurrecting a collusion claim. Lied about NFL receiving Ray Rice video. GOODELL DOES LITERALLY NOTHING RIGHT. HE IS BARNEY FIFE ON STERIODS!!!

  63. “Meanwhile, he protects the Ravens and Ray Rice…”

    Hey, how were Rice’s numbers last season? How were they in 2014? Yeah, whole lot of protection from the League on that one.

  64. Go Goodell!

    Stop with the class warfare rhetoric. It’s right out of Saul Alinsky’s playbook for socialists.
    Are ya’ll jealous of Goodell? Well then go to law school, work hard, and maybe you can land a job like his. Until then, I don’t want to hear it.

    Obama is a multimillionaire after 8 years in office. It’s amazing since he wasn’t worth jack before he became CiC. So if PFT can question whether Goodell is worth what the owners pay him, I can question if Obama is worth what taxpayers pay him (he’s not).

  65. We need to stop acting like Roger doesn’t know what he’s doing.

    Any seventh grader knows that the cold causes air pressure to drop. Goodell and the NFL of course knew this too.

    Certain owners simply wanted to frame Brady to keep him off the field

    Goodell did exactly what he was told – and he’s sure to get a new contract to pay him even more to return the favor

    Sadly he also made clear to the world that he, the owners, and the NFL are completely corrupt

  66. bridgeh2o says:
    Feb 16, 2016 3:01 PM
    walker615 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:35 PM

    Probably literally the most absurd thing about the NFL. I’m a free market guy and think people should be paid as much as they can get- but why aren’t they just offering this guy like $5 million? Who exactly is the competition that is bidding for his services here?

    Incomprehensible.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Why do people get so bent out of shape when millionaires make more millions?

    They are not taking it FROM you.

    It’s almost like the posters on PFT feel like they are taking from your actual wallet.

    If indirectly you feel that is the case-you go to a game-which gives revenue to the team, which the teams pay Goodell, then my advice: DON’T GO TO THE GAMES, or DON’T BUY THE MERCHANDISE!!!!!!

    If we could all make $34 million a year, we all would, each and every one of us.

    The free market society still creates the best in competition and efficiency…..not perfect, but it is the best society, by a LONG shot……just ask China and Russia citizens.

    Long live AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!

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    It’s not so much that people begrudge The Commissioner of the NFL making $35M a year….. It’s the fact that a guy as incompetent as Goodell is the Commissioner to begin with….

  67. All while depleting the product on the field.

    he’s done ZERO to better the game.
    The reason the NFL keeps making money is that it’s the NFL. It has NOTHING to do with Ro-jers’ leadership

  68. When will the owners understand that the NFL is making tons of cash despite Goodell and not because of him. Goodell has done everything possible to have people hate the NFL, but it is so popular that even he cannot hurt the speeding freight train that is the NFL.

    If the owners were smart they would dump Goodell and hire the CEO of Draft Kings or FanDuel as commissioner. Those two companies have more to do with the NFL’s success than Goodell.

  69. Those saying fans dont have a right to their opinion just don’t understand. Every fan knows they do not have a say in Goodell’s compensation. But that doesn’t mean they are not entitled to their opinion. And their opinion of Goodell is very low and from their perspective, very accurate. Their opinion is based on Goodell’s worth from the perspective of what the average fan sees happening to the NFL. And the average fan is convinced that the quality and viewer experience of the NFL product is deteriorating. And there is nothing they can do and that frustrates them.
    Do any of those frustrated fans think their post on this site will impact Goodell’s salary one iota? Absolutely not. But it’s an opportunity to vent and that’s what they (we) are doing. There are not many feelings worse than hopelessness. And that’s what we are feeling with Goodell as commissioner, hopeless.

  70. Can anyone explain why the NFL is an non profit organization? They made ten billion dollars last year. The league should be helping teams like the raiders (stop with the Davis hate already) and the chargers stay where they are.

  71. chicagobtech says:
    Feb 16, 2016 3:45 PM

    “Meanwhile, he protects the Ravens and Ray Rice…”

    Hey, how were Rice’s numbers last season? How were they in 2014? Yeah, whole lot of protection from the League on that one.
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    The NFL and the Ravens were in full cover-up mode with regards to Ray Rice, before the videos surfaced, that is.

  72. rhob1960 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 5:07 PM

    Can anyone explain why the NFL is an non profit organization? They made ten billion dollars last year. The league should be helping teams like the raiders (stop with the Davis hate already) and the chargers stay where they are.
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    The NFL League Office is considered a trade organization. The 32 franchises pay taxes on their own revenue.

    Regardless, it’s all moot, as they are no longer a non-profit organization.

  73. His goal seems to be to maximize revenue, but he’s doing it in a way that isn’t sustainable in the long term. Between the popularity of daily fantasy and the reality show aspect of the league it has popularity at the moment that will diminish over time for sure. It’s more of a cash grab.

    The longer term indicators are negative. Concussions, 100% chance of serious injury, less children growing up playing the game. The NFL will always be popular, but I feel like it is at an all time high due to some smart short term thinking and it can’t last.

  74. Why not 24 million? Why not 15 million? Why not 7 million?

    All would be insanely exorbitant incomes. If he made 7 million a year, I still wouldn’t think he deserved it and he made nearly 5 times that.

  75. Goodell is way unpaid in comparison to the way other CEOs in America are paid. His bosses have made such a huge return on their investments since he’s been running the league. Everyone is watching NFL football. Men, women, children, people in other countries. Lots of CEOs from big companies make more than Goodell while their companies are losing money. Goodell should probably be making around $60 million.

  76. What’s with all of the thousandaires trying to tell a bunch of billionaires how much they should pay a millionaire?

    It’s their money. Let them spend it however they want.

  77. What a cush job for a big old strapping white boy who caters to the owners. He is their minion in their basket, much like the GOP and their relation to the Koch Brothers. You got to pay to play and I think old Roger blew the Rice fiasco, has poorly handled the Manziel theater and yet, he gets all this dough, kind of like a bad CEO who gets the millions for going away – like Carly did, leaving chaos in her departure. No one is worth that much money a year when an entire population is starving for water and food in Syria, Darfur, Iraq, and the poverty of Brazil and our own streets. This is capitalism at its absolute worst.

  78. He deserves every penny he gets. Nobody could sleep through the bastardization of the game, the suicides, the brazen lying. He is a unique individual.

  79. @ChicagoBTech above on Ray Rice:

    Rice’s cap hit in 2015 was 9.5 million dollars.

    THAT is how Goodell wanted to protect them. Goodell was trying to cheat.

    Baltimore plays in the AFC, along with the Patriots. If one more competitive AFC team falls, NE’s path is easier to a Super Bowl.

    Get it?

    This is what Go0odell thinks about…”How can I manipulate things to somehow harm the Patriots…”

    A 10 million dollar cap hit to a team that was entering CAP HELL, is a disaster. Flacco makes 20 mil per, which is Ozzie’s fault, and the team had no business making the playoffs in 2014. They got lucky facing the NFC South that year, which was an automatic 4 wins.

    Hence, why Ozzie picked up the phone with Bisciotti and begged to only have a 2 game suspension.

    It’s why Goodell lied about not seeing the tape, because he thought the public would buy it. If he didn’t see it, that was his out, so to speak.

    Obviously, it insulted everyone’s intelligence, the public went berserk and then Baltimore cut Rice, taking on that 9.5 million dollar cap hit.

    So, between Flacco at 20 mil and Rice at 9.5, that’s 30 million dollars practically wasted in one season because neither is worth that, especially with Rice not even on the team.

    Goodell colludes with other AFC teams behind the scenes to try to cheat the Patriots.

    KNOWN FACT at this point.

  80. nyfootballgiants says:
    Feb 16, 2016 2:49 PM

    Why so fixated on his salary?

    He is the representative of the owners. His role is to be the lightning rod for criticism – and to deflect it from the owners while maximizing profits.

    Keep in mind that historically, there are players who have done many things off of the playing field that are illegal or worse. In the pre internet world, it was easy for them to get away with things – so the league never had to handle them.

    The league also has to deal with the union, or the potential threat of union activity – which limits their responses.

    I think in the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations, the league was really hoping that they would go away – but they didn’t. I don’t think the owners were begging for Rice or Peterson to be made an example of. But i will bet you that the majority of the owners don’t see the issue the same way you do….It’s real easy to sit on your side of the TV and level accusations that you can’t possibly prove.

    Once again – the only opinion that matters when discussing someone’s performance is their supervisor. My feeling is the NFL is pleased with the work Goodell has done – and that is evident in his compensation. Because, if he was not doing his job – they could fire him, and there would be many highly qualified people lined up to replace him….

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    Ok, so he’s doing a job for the owners, who compensate him lavishly. Sure. I think everyone admits that.

    But we’re not owners. We are fans who pay the taxes that build the stadiums that charge prohibitive prices for tickets and beer. And I think the “fixation” on his salary after several years of incompetent decision-making (from a fans perspective) is justified.

    He is making the owners happy. But can’t you see that in the process, over the last 3+ years, he has made a mockery of the rulebook, undermined the integrity of the game, and has soured a large population of America on football in general?

    That is why people are fixated. It would be nice to hear from an owner why this guy still has a job.

  81. Goodell is a criminal. He thinks he can hide behind the NFL shield, because he is told to do so.

    Everyone needs to write to their Congressmen/women and get the Feds involved.

    Goodell thinks he’s untouchable and he hides behind the owners money and power.

    No one is above the law in this country. Bernie Madoff thought he was, but he wasn’t.

  82. Well, isn’t it obvious? I never would have thought Goodell would do another Spygate years later, lying and misrepresenting to punish for parity, but he did. He helped create “Deflategate”, with other AFC teams, namely Baltimore and Indy. Each team is trying to get to NE’s level.

    This is all very strategic, except now he’s been caught because he got greedy.

    But, I also never would have thought he’d actively and openly collude with an AFC rival of ours to cheat and protect Baltimore.

    All summer long in 2014, I could not figure out why on earth there was not a suspension for Rice and why it was taking so long since the entire world had their own visual evidence of what Rice did.

    It was perplexing. How could a league under so much pressure to crack down on concussions., DUIs, PEDs, etc, be ignoring the domestic violence issue so badly?

    Then, I looked up Rice’s cap hit in 2015 if he was cut in 2014. 9.5 million dollars. Baltimore plays in the AFC.

    It all makes sense now. The person doing the actual cheating (behind the scenes) is none other than Roger Goodell himself, in conjunction with allies like the Jets, Colts, Ravens, and with HEAVY influence and interest from Dan Rooney and the Steelers.

    This man is a criminal. Fire and arrest him now. What he’s doing is illegal.

    Arrest, try and convict ROger Goodell for Collusion, Sabotage, Fraud and Defamation.

    Elements of Proof of Collusive Practices

    Definition

    IFI Guidelines define collusive practices as:

    …an arrangement between two or more parties designed to achieve an improper purpose, including to influence improperly the actions of another party.

    Elements of proof

    An arrangement between two or more parties
    Designed to achieve an improper purpose
    Including to influence improperly
    The actions of another party

  83. charliecharger says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:53 PM
    Goodell is way unpaid in comparison to the way other CEOs in America are paid. His bosses have made such a huge return on their investments since he’s been running the league. Everyone is watching NFL football. Men, women, children, people in other countries. Lots of CEOs from big companies make more than Goodell while their companies are losing money. Goodell should probably be making around $60 million.

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    Average CEO salary is around $100,000. In terms of highest paid CEO’s, I think Goodell would currently rank in the top 20 in the country, including for-profit companies.

    The top-tier for-profit companies compensate their CEOs primarily in stock options, so they make a lot of money only when their stock holders do. And those companies make a lot more money overall than the NFL.

    By any measure, Roger Goodell had a bad year. He should not be one of the top 20 highest paid CEOs in the country.

    And then, per the populist argument, the average US salary this year is $35K. So Roger Goodell was compensated at 1000x more than fans at home watching football on TV. Considering what he did… hired a few lawyers, did a few press conferences… I think most fans would think that’s ridiculous.

  84. realtruthteller100 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:58 PM
    all u jelous socialists need to get over your selfs. roger earned his money by protecting the shield BOTTOM LINE
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    How exactly did he protect it? I believe he still has a perfect .000 winning percentage in court cases. As for the “he makes money for the league” argument, no he doesn’t. The game sells itself. Alfred E. Neuman could be the commish and the league would still rake in the $$$.

  85. “Protecting the shield?” I don’t think you could stop the NFL from making money hand over fist if you tried.

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