Report: Goodell seeks $50 million, private jet for life

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Jerry Jones apparently has opened yet another new front in his assault on Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract. Next step: Leak to the media what Goodell is looking for.

ESPN reports that Goodell has requested in writing roughly $50 million per year, along with lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family.

As one unnamed owner (Jones?) told ESPN, “[S]everal owners in this league who don’t make $40 million a year.”

“That number for Roger just seems too much,” the unnamed owner (Jones?) said. “It’s offensive. It’s unseemly.”

Even if the unnamed owner (Jones?) isn’t Jones, the unnamed owner comes from a distinct minority of four or five. Those owners surely hope that the group grows, and leaks like this one won’t hurt that effort.

Regardless of the maneuverings and machinations that brought the information to light, the end result will be to indeed make Goodell even less popular among the public. (Or, at a minimum, it won’t make him more popular.) Although NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart tried to downplay fan attitudes toward Goodell during a Tuesday media briefing by pointing to the dichotomy between draft-day boos and individual fans clamoring for selfies, the news that he wants roughly $50 million per year plus a private plane for life won’t improve his standing among those on whom the league is counting to continue to support the game or, perhaps more importantly, to get back to supporting it the way they used to.

151 responses to “Report: Goodell seeks $50 million, private jet for life

  1. If that’s really what he’s asking for then they should tell him to go take a hike and elect another commissioner. Those demands are ridiculous. It’s like he thinks the NFL exists because of him and to serve him. $50M a year? No way. That’s just insane.

  2. I’d love $50 mil and a private jet too! In my job that will never happen, but if that’s what the owners are willing to pay….than good for Roger. Personally, I think they could find someone better, for less money.

  3. He needs to hold one hand out for $50 million / plus private jet, and the other one under his butt. Let us know which one fills up first.

  4. Big corporations would gladly pay that amount to a CEO who could deliver the return on their investment the way Goodell has. The bottom line is Goodell is worth every penny of $50 million. Goodell might also be growing tired of some of these basket case owners, and is looking forward to life after the NFL. I can guarantee you one thing, if Jerry Jones becomes the guiding force for the NFL, the league will suffer.

  5. Pretty good for a BA in Economics from a small Western Pa. college
    “ nestled in the Bosom of the Allegheny Mountains “ ..
    This is a done deal. With Mara and Rooney on the comp
    committee. No way will those two do anything that Rogers doesn’t
    want.
    That being said, down the road Roger best make sure he
    has a consensus on all he does and no more dragging his feet on
    issues like the anthem protests. Allowing that to fester, along with
    untimely statements by owners , didn’t just tarnish the shield…
    it put a big dent in it.

  6. Pretty entertaining. $50M a year and he wants to also ensure he has has health insurance for life too? That’s like a week of pay. Make him buy his own private jet.

  7. Why is this job even worth $20mil/year which is a Kings Ransom for someone who has mismanaged so many health, labor, social and behavioral issues? And doesn’t he have a multi-layered staff of specialists and lawyers who actually handle most the league’s administration? How much is an owner’s lackey inept frontman really worth?

  8. Well, I’m an owner and I don’t make $40 million a year. But the jet would be nice. And the health insurance. But, if Roger can get it, more power to him. With these huge TV contracts, the NFL can afford it.

  9. I mean that is crazy to think Goodell has earned that in any way shape or form. But…its also crazy to think any of the owners make less than 40mil a year.

  10. Its Sunday, weighing my options about whether or not I want to watch football or begin re-binging American Horror Story or Arrow. Sorry NFL, bring back football and I’ll settle right back in. Continue this garbage with 25 flags a game, over protection of the QB, and Thursday Night football’s over saturated garbage and you may just lose me and many others for good.

  11. Just walk away from that stupid offer. He has done NOTHING to address the ratings decline by players who are allowed to kneel while telling me “I don’t understand”. You give me $500,000 a year and I’ll get you more money then you owners have ever seen. I used to be a media negotiator but am now in private practice. He has shown no leadership. He is part of the problem, not part of the solution. WHY IS HE MAKING MORE THEN THE TOP PAID PLAYERS? Come on now.

  12. Don’t confuse what he wants with what he will get. It’s a negotiation. He takes a lot of bullets for the owners. I feel zero sympathy for owners complaining he’d make too much. It must be rough when you’re not quite making 49 mil a year. This stuff is why I’d like to see ratings and revenues drop.

  13. Considering what we allow ourselves to be put through by the TSA, I’m surprised everyone isn’t asking for a private jet as part of their employment benefits.

  14. This a planted story coming from Jerrah!
    Even if it is true, this seems like a reasonable amount sell your integrity and be a Symbolic Stooge for the owners at their discretion!

  15. Jones is determined to bring everything down over Ezekiel Elliot. Until further notice, it is very safe to assume that the anonymous source of any negative Goodell contract news is Jones.

    You know what, he can ask for whatever he wants, if the owners ON THE COMMITTEE don’t like it, they won’t give it to him. This isn’t a popularity contest but it seems Jones is determined to make it one.

    The problem is Goodell can’t get into a media war with Jones on this because, true or false, it’s not going to win him any fans. There are fans who will believe any negative thing about Goodell and the rest don’t care.

  16. PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:
    November 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    Like him or not Commissioner Goodell is probably the best commissioner in the history of professional sports, he can demand whatever he wants and should easily be given it.

    ***************************************************************************************

    Ladies and gentlemen, your troll of the year list above.

  17. Wish I could be so utterly and totally incompetent and corrupt and get compensated like that.

    Hopefully they fire him and our national nightmare will be over.

  18. Of course, all the comments will be how ridiculous Goodell’s demands are, but what he’s asking for is somewhat in line with top CEO pay for businesses with multi-billion dollar revenues. Which is what the NFL is. The argument would be though that Roger isn’t truly a CEO, in that he doesn’t have full P&L control of the 32 businesses. He helps manage the overall revenues in the form of TV and licensing agreements, but he is in effect more of a portfolio manager than a true CEO. Still, he is ultimately responsible negotiating the biggest revenue stream for the owners, their collective television contracts. And for that, the owners would be essentially each paying him a little more than a million dollars per, to generate on avergage $400 Million per team. Is what he asking for high end? Yes, but it isn’t so high as to be absurd.

  19. The insatiable greed of the owners in squeezing every dollar out of the game (see London games, Thursday night fiascos) is equaled by Goodell’s demands after a reign in which he has failed in every regard except making money for said greedy owners. Seems like an absolutely perfect match!

  20. Funny that he wants health care for him and his family for life, but doesn’t wanna give jack to the players in regard to health care in their post-NFL lives.

  21. With little effort, the NFL can find 10,000 Executives in the world that are objectively better than Roger and will do it for less than $50MILLION/year.

    He is not very intelligent and has screwed up the kneeling issue. They can do better.

  22. PresidentTrumpIsRightRespectYourCountryAndFlag says:
    November 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    Like him or not Commissioner Goodell is probably the best commissioner in the history of professional sports, he can demand whatever he wants and should easily be given it.
    ******

    Is Goodell’s wife so desperate that she opened a PFT account too now?

  23. Why hate on Roger for trying to “take care of his family” like the players? He is just using his leverage like the players do. If fans don’t like it then find a way to get his job and then ask for less.

  24. Goodell’s poor leadership has resulted in a series of controversial high-profile PR snafus, declining TV ratings, and has laid the groundwork for a dramatic decline in league revenues.

    And he thinks he deserves a RAISE?

  25. negadelphianinjersey says:
    Its Sunday, weighing my options about whether or not I want to watch football or begin re-binging American Horror Story or Arrow. Sorry NFL, bring back football and I’ll settle right back in. Continue this garbage with 25 flags a game, over protection of the QB, and Thursday Night football’s over saturated garbage and you may just lose me and many others for good.
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    I’m watching Telly Savalas in Kojak on Hulu today.

  26. seahawks80 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    A million dollars a week to make dumb decisions? Who does he think he is Trump?
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    I have never encountered anyone that could be classified as intelligent that believes President TRUMP is “dumb.” He has been super-successful for 4 decades in the most competitive environment before being 16 professional politicians and the Establishment candidate for President that had the help of the Media and outspent him near 3 to 1. If he is “dumb,” what does that say about a loser like you?

  27. Colin Kaepernick is available and it should be MANDATED that he interviews for the Commishioners position.

    He seems to know what’s right for the NFL.

    DON’T WATCH, PURCHASE, LISTEN, the NFL product. Take back your Sunday’s. Watch NCAA football.
    #untileveryplayerstands

  28. Give him the same type of healthcare veterans get and we’ll see how fast he changes his mind on that part of the compensation package.

  29. Robert Kraft has no problem with this and neither does the Ravens or Saints owners. Roger Goodell saved the NFL and the owners know it. Commissioner, ask for anything you want and Good luck!

  30. He’s doing a great job of keeping Kap out of the league, and getting these silly kneelers to quietly go away. Pay the man.

  31. charliecharger says:
    November 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm
    Big corporations would gladly pay that amount to a CEO who could deliver the return on their investment the way Goodell has. The bottom line is Goodell is worth every penny of $50 million. Goodell might also be growing tired of some of these basket case owners, and is looking forward to life after the NFL. I can guarantee you one thing, if Jerry Jones becomes the guiding force for the NFL, the league will suffer.

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    Jones has been the guiding force for the league for years. Why do you think the league is where it’s at, financially? Why do you think he was put in the Hall Of Fame? It was for just that, his innovation and foresight in regards to the financial growth of the league. Yeah, it’s really suffering….

  32. z0inks says:
    November 12, 2017 at 12:32 pm
    Goodell’s poor leadership has resulted in a series of controversial high-profile PR snafus, declining TV ratings, and has laid the groundwork for a dramatic decline in league revenues.

    And he thinks he deserves a RAISE?

    2 0 Rate This

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    i am speechless at how disconnected these scumbags are from
    reality

  33. after I read the article, lines from MacArthur Park went floating in my head (paraphrased)…someone left the (NFL’s) cake out in the rain, I(fans)don’t think that I (fans)can take it, because it (the love of pro football) took so long to bake it, and I (the fans) will never have that recipe again…oh, no!

  34. From my catbird seat….it looks like Rodger has leverage to be asking this. Jerry when amongst like individuals(the other 30 owners) I’m guessing he is somewhat laughed at.

  35. OK, I have a question for anybody to answer. For those who ” think” RG made the owners a boatload of money.
    What did he do to make them money? Answer is nothing. The NFL has been a making machine by its. Is the NFL better now under RG then it was when he took over?
    Answer again. No.

    He has pushed hard for a team in Europe, which is stupid.

    He has lied and concealed the concussion scandal.

    He spent millions railroading TB12 ( like TB12 or not there was no real evidence)

    He was caught trying to cover up the Ray Rice scandal. He also shouldn’t have been Judge, Jury and executioner on player suspensions.

    He has pushed the Thursday game thing knowing it goes against player safety. He is pushing for more regualar season games. Again going against player safety.

    The NFL is in decline because of him. He could’ve settled the kneeling for the Anthem scandal. But, chose to straddle the fence. While BTW, taking millions from the military in promotions. How can you support kneeling while letting players disrespect our National Anthem?

    My solution. Find a better commish for 5 million a year and give the other almost million dollar a week in salary to a different charity every week. TRust me a million dollar a week donation to a different charity every week will mend alot of fences in Public relations. Almost as much as firing Rodger would do !!

  36. I cannot believe I am agreeing with Jerruh .. but I am agreeing with Jerruh .. $50M + private jet for life??? common man!

  37. It has never taken a Trained Monkey to do the job of NFL COMMISSIONER. I could even do a far better job than what Roger Goodell is doing at the present time. The NFL Owners would be saving a lot of money if they were to give me an opportunity but I know that none of the Owners take time and read the comments on here.

  38. Watching pro football today is like watching a video game, everyone is all clean and pretty. Really looks silly, getting hit in the head, then losing your mind a few years later.

  39. tvjules says:
    November 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    How about the NFL pay taxes like the rest of us instead of paying that to Goodell!
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    They do.

  40. Tagliabue made $1 million per season through 2011. Go home Roger….and pay for your OWN healthcare, as you don’t seem to give a crap about any of these guys.

    A better man would do it for less….and I hope to GOD he/she will.

    How about addressing CTE and concussions for REAL??? How about better helmets that Bill Simpson MADE for you 35 years ago….and the NFL insisted on Riddell…simply for the money and not the players health? The NFL TOOK MILLIONS over the players health.

  41. I would do the job for a million a year and insurance. I would make better decisions too.

    All woman beaters done in the league forever. 1 strike on drug charges (other than pot) then gone from league forever.

    Eliminate Thursday night games (other than Thankdgiving and around Christmas).

    Eliminate the London games.

  42. If the owners think that what Goodell has “accomplished” in his tenure is worth $50M/yr then the NFL has far, far bigger issues in its future than some players kneeling

  43. What does that bozo need a private jet for? Is he afraid that the passengers on a commercial flight will throw him out mid-flight?

  44. It is absolutely amazing that this is even being considered, and quite frankly it is disgusting. This man continued the secrecy around CTE, has failed over and over again as a disciplinarian, and is a pathological liar. And he wants a guaranteed contract of twice what the best QB’s in the league make. Don’t give me that “he’s made the NFL a lot of money” routine. The trajectory and popularity of the NFL was inevitable. He’s an overpaid, glorified facilitator. Lots of people can do his job a hell of a lot better, and for less money.

    Send him packing.

  45. If I could only wake up, I’d realize this is a bad dream!
    The guy responsible for the downturn of the NFL.. If he were a player he would have been cut already!

  46. health insurance for his family. pretty rich I’d like to see that transfer to the players. Mailroom boy is a joke.

  47. Nice touch naming the clown Jones in the blurb because you know it’s coming from him. Be a man and put your name on the quotes. All of us know you and your “new breed of so smart owners” paid him $44 mil the last couple of years, so let’s not act like you’re outraged by him getting $50 mil. Just still upset about not getting your way now that it’s your turn in the Goodell reign of terror while you had no problem with other owners taking it from him. Goodell is a clown, but no bigger clowns than people who try to use the media or PR tricks to push their agenda and then hide behind anonymity like the didn’t say it.

  48. realfootballfan wow it never gets old seeing some of you people complain about how Jerry has no right to be mad because he didn’t ride in on a white horse in body armor and slay the dragon Goodell in the name of the Saints and Patriots. This isn’t the first time Jerry has been on the other end of Roger’s BS and the last time he was preceded deflategate so your “now that it’s your turn” attitude is very misguided and/or just plain ignorant

  49. He shouldn’t do the job for less than 64 million a year plus benefits. He has to take the heat for the coward owners like Jones and Mara. They are afraid of the players and need a straw boogie man to rant about. Jones is showing his true colors. When he doesn’t get his way he leaks. Sounds like the FBI and DOJ.

  50. Guess the owners did a fabulous job fooling their customers. The owners run the league and hire a Commissioner to be their stooge. The stooge takes the heat.

  51. cadreamer1969 says:
    “….They are afraid of the players and need a straw boogie man to rant about.”
    _________

    Yes Jerry, the only owner who had the nerve to publicly say his players were expected to stand for the anthem, is afraid of his players. Think about your statement there

  52. “wow it never gets old seeing some of you people complain about how Jerry has no right to be mad because he didn’t ride in on a white horse in body armor and slay the dragon Goodell in the name of the Saints and Patriots.”

    lol, no genius — whenever its someone else Jones sides with Goodell. When its Cowboys related he suddenly needs his binky. He has no right to complain whatsoever.

  53. Think for a second about the insanity of this. If Goodell gets thus extension, he will ultimately have made no less than about half a BILLION from the NFL.

    Why does he need the use of somebody else’s private jet for life? Even worse, why does he need healthcare? I feel like someone who has made $500 million should probably be able to cover those things on his own.

  54. cboys4life2014 ,

    Yes, I expect some objectivity from a silly Cowboy fan who has been watching their literal .500 team the last 20 years, lol. Shut up clown. Your owner championed this idiot for years with several quotes on the record while him and his fellow “new breed of so smart owners” were paying him $44 mil a year while the rest of us could see him destroying the league in their name. But go grovel some more at your mediocre team owner’s feet while he serves you up another 20 years of .500 football. He didn’t have to cape for the Patriots or Saints, but he could have called this moron out for the 50 million other stupid things that a sane person could see he was doing the last 10 years.

  55. In 1998, Tagliabue’s $2.5 million annual salary was doubled to $5 million.[45] His final contract, signed in 2004, paid Tagliabue about $8 million per year.[46]

    So much for 1 million a year lie.

  56. canadapackers says:
    November 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm
    To quote DT – Your fired!!!!!
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    It comes as no surprise that DT and his fanboy supporters can’t spell.

  57. Around 17 million people attend NFL games in a given season. By my match, every single one of them is paying $3/ticket to pay Roger Goodell’s salary.

    If they new that, I’m pretty sure ratings, attendance, and interest would be even worse.

  58. Google does not want to be known as someone who quits when the going get tough so reading between the lines he is basically quitting and will be looking for employment elsewhere. Knowbody on this earth could take those demands seriously if they are true.

  59. vavikingfan ,

    You can always tell the people who have never negotiated a contract or anything of value. Goodell is a clown, but they paid him $44 mil recently. Why would he lower that price? Jerrah and his new breed of owner was cool with paying that as long as they squeezed as much blood out of the turnip until one of his cattle got suspended. Now he’s throwing a fit about it and leaking weak anonymous quotes to get his way like a petulant child. Weak-minded people are the only people who thinks that shows strength, and for the people comparing him to Al Davis, please don’t embarrass yourselves. I don’t ever recall Al Davis calling the media note takers to win a PR war. It’s why morons here and other places hated him, yet he didn’t care because he put his name behind whatever he did like a real alpha type person does.

  60. It’s just an opening ask. I’m sure he’d settle on 45 million and lifetime miles on his Visa card….

  61. “Like him or not Commissioner Goodell is probably the best commissioner in the history of professional sports, he can demand whatever he wants and should easily be given it.”

    Thank you Ms. Goodell

  62. I think the owners have a slight advantage…

    It is not like Roger can decline an offer and go elsewhere… Ok well the CFL may offer him 500,000…

    What is Rogers move if they offer him 15 million? That’s it Rog take it or leave it… Jerry knows it too.

  63. I’ll do it for 10m and a private jet for life… im divorced and no kids, so you can keep the insurance…We got a deal?

    And I can promise the players and the fans will not hate me any more than him…

  64. madmike66 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Still, he is ultimately responsible negotiating the biggest revenue stream for the owners, their collective television contracts.
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    Well, the bozo couldn’t even manage to do that simple task.

  65. realfootballfan Jerry has been saying Roger was overpaid since before he knew Zeke was going to be suspended (you know back before Goodell and Friel decided the investigator they pay to gather evidence to determine their decision didn’t give the answer they wanted). But why takw facts into consideration while you’re rambling as if you know something. The vote to get Goodell’s contract extended was unanimous however that just means owners are fine extending him it doesn’t determine terms and pay.

  66. I’m confused. What exactly does Goodell do? The combined salaries of the entire US Supreme Court Justices doesn’t come close to 50 million dollars. The top 20 Medical surgeons in the US don’t reach 50 Million dollars. Scholars. scientists, engineers, doctors and every other profession that deals with the betterment of the humanities come nowhere close to this kind of money. Only the entertainment field produces these numbers, and regardless of what you may believe, the NFL (and every other professional sport) is as much in the entertainment industry as MGM and Warner Bros. Athletes get paid these outrageous sums of money to play a game (just actors get paid an outrageous amount of money to ‘act’) and the commissioner who oversees this sport wants an even more outrageous amount of money so he can negotiate even more outrageous sums of money from the television networks and sponsors to promote this entertainment. How much is enough?

    Wouldn’t it nice if folks were paid in proportion to the value they provided to society. If that happened, you’d actually see plumbers making more money than quarterbacks.

  67. The Patriots were guilty and they paid the price for getting caught cheating twice in less than 10 years. Brady was not framed. He got caught, severed his suspension. The Saints were guilty and Goodell saved the owners a few million by holding the coaches and players accountable. Not to mention the improvements he has made in regards to player safety. Bounties are bad football. Goodell has earned his money.

  68. cboys4life2014 ,

    You mean a couple of years ago when he was paid $44 mil and Jerrah said that’s why he’s well paid and that he was doing a tremendous job while everyone saw the league was going down in quality? I know some of you Cowboy fans are brain dead because you’ve been devoted to a team that’s been .500 for 20 years while claiming Jerrah is a great owner, but these quotes were made on record, so stop embarrassing yourself. Furthermore, do you think Jerrah is doing this to get someone great in that job to fix the quality problem? He’s been all for the garbage that has made it unwatchable. He’s one of the owners that greased Tagliabue’s retirement after his last CBA he negotiated because he’s one of those “new breed of owners” who is most worried about how much money he makes over how good the product is. But give me some more talking points out of the Cowboy Propaganda Network, or maybe you need to wait until his next radio appearance spewing his nonsense to know what to say.

  69. Goodell is yet another reason not to watch NFL football.
    a 60 minute game takes 3-4 hours to complete because of commercials.

  70. There is only one appropriate comment, “Oink!” But that “fits” some of the owners and players, too.

  71. With the money he ALREADY MADE, he could buy his own hospital and staff of Dr’s. He could buy ANY jet, boat,car,truck or camper he wants ( or all of together) The one thing he can’t buy is a conscience or a personality.

    Why can’t the owners find a better, cheaper man ( or woman) for the job?.

  72. fhvned says:

    November 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I’m confused. What exactly does Goodell do? The combined salaries of the entire US Supreme Court Justices doesn’t come close to 50 million dollars. The top 20 Medical surgeons in the US don’t reach 50 Million dollars. Scholars. scientists, engineers, doctors and every other profession that deals with the betterment of the humanities come nowhere close to this kind of money. Only the entertainment field produces these numbers, and regardless of what you may believe, the NFL (and every other professional sport) is as much in the entertainment industry as MGM and Warner Bros. Athletes get paid these outrageous sums of money to play a game (just actors get paid an outrageous amount of money to ‘act’) and the commissioner who oversees this sport wants an even more outrageous amount of money so he can negotiate even more outrageous sums of money from the television networks and sponsors to promote this entertainment. How much is enough?

    Wouldn’t it nice if folks were paid in proportion to the value they provided to society. If that happened, you’d actually see plumbers making more money than quarterbacks.
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    And Garbage Collectors would be paid more than anyone else on the planet. Don’t think so? Let them all go on strike and see how long it takes for people to come crawling, begging them to go back to work.

  73. WAIT A MINUTE! We are paying for this! Why don’t we have a say on Pete Rozelles hand picked boy?
    OH yeah!! look at the sagging ratings….. To be Continued…

  74. With the money he ALREADY MADE, he could buy his own hospital and staff of Dr’s. He could buy ANY jet, boat,car,truck or camper he wants ( or all of together) The one thing he can’t buy is a conscience or a personality.

    Why can’t the owners find a better, cheaper man ( or woman) for the job?.
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    I’m starting to believe this is a political move by the owners to distract from what the steaming pile of dung their product has turned into.

  75. What a greedy SOB.
    Fix the kneeling crap, defuse the Kaepernick fiasco and show concern for your bone headed actions that helped skewer the golden goose.
    Millions of us hate you and are transferring allegiances to college football because of your stupidity.
    Fantasy football, which you had to clue about until it happened, saved the NFL.
    Your stupidity, is helping ruin it

  76. If he believes he should be paid the money of a top CEO, it should also be incentive based. I don’t think it will be possible for him to negotiate a similar CBA next time. If that assumption is correct do the owners real want to pay him $ 50 million while the players are on strike. If he is truly one of the the top media savvy ceos out there how come is name never pops for other positions. With talk of Bob Iger retiring from Disney how come nobody is saying they should go after Goodell because he put football on the map. If the owners pay that to Goodell they deserve to see players strike entire season. I just hope the FBS schedules Sunday games.

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