Clearing the air on Goodell’s jet request

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A recent report from ESPN claimed that Commissioner Roger Goodell has asked for the use of a private jet for life, as part of his new contract. That’s generally accurate, but it’s missing one key fact: Goodell is willing to pay for it.

Per a league source, Goodell has asked for access to the NFL’s private plane arrangements through NetJets, with an understanding that he would reimburse the league in full for all costs incurred.

The benefit for Goodell comes from the reduced rate that the league pays, due to its extended use of the service. So Goodell basically would continue to utilize the service, and he’d pay whatever his flights cost the NFL. Which would be less than what it would cost him directly.

It’s unclear why ESPN has omitted this fairly important fact from it’s reporting. The practical impact is that it tends to make Goodell look unreasonably greedy. Which is likely what those opposing Goodell’s extension want to accomplish.

50 responses to “Clearing the air on Goodell’s jet request

  1. “It’s unclear why ESPN has omitted this fairly important fact from it’s reporting.”

    Well, it’s their M.O. No one here is surprised.

  2. everyone knows upkeep of the jet and paying people to fly it, is the real expense, though.

    it is still an absolutely obnoxious request as is the health insurance thing

    scum of the earth

  3. Tylawpick6-

    Yes – the upkeep and expense of flying the jet is expensive. That’s why the hourly charge is so high.

    And he’s going to pay it.

    NFL doesn’t even own the jets, they just get a discount from NetJets.

    It’s almost like you have no clue how that works….

  4. Remember espn was instrumental in adancing Goodell’s deflategate agenda–I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t call in a favor, for a more favorable editing of the original story.

  5. Which report ever of Espn by Seth Wicker dude isnt a hit job excluding facts!
    That dude isnt a reporter – he is a spin story sensationalist!

    As much as i hate goodell espn is one even worse!

  6. “It’s unclear why ESPN has omitted this fairly important fact from it’s reporting.”

    Perhaps because it was left out of what was told to them by their (cough Jerry) anonymous (cough Jones) source? Must really frost Goodell to see his lackeys at bspn getting spun by someone else. Or it could just be bspn being bspn.

  7. Despite the omission, why does he still need to utilize the NFL’s jet ? When you retire from a company, they typically won’t allow you to use their stuff anymore. If he needs to fly somewhere, he can act like an ordinary citizen and book a 1st class seat on major airline.

  8. Oh how unfair that poor Roger has ti deal with being viewed as greedy. What’s he done to deserve being unfairly labeled? It’s not as if he’s ever done anythung to cause somebody else to be unfairly labeled….right Tom and Zeke?

  9. Like all leaked stories, they report what they’re told…take it face value. Real journalists follow-up and try to turn rumor into fact by checking.

  10. “Per a league source…”

    Imagine that ! Goodell’s lackeys are leaking information to the media when it serves their agenda. This has never happened before !!!

    Wait…okay, it happens repeatedly.

    Goodell is such a slimy, corrupt person – he sickens me.

  11. He doesn’t want to fly with the public because he is a pariah. You wouldn’t be able to hear the captain’s announcements over the booing and hissing.

  12. suncawy says:
    November 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm
    Despite the omission, why does he still need to utilize the NFL’s jet ? When you retire from a company, they typically won’t allow you to use their stuff anymore. If he needs to fly somewhere, he can act like an ordinary citizen and book a 1st class seat on major airline.

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    Relax. The arrangement as explained won’t cost the NFL a dime. He just get’s to use the NFL’s discounted rate if he wants to rent a jet.

    Jerry explained it to ESPN in a way to generate the hate but some people will hate on Goodell no matter what the truth is.

  13. With the NFL’s declining revenues for the year due to stupidity all the way around, just table the whole dang discussion until after the season when the league will have more info, not like his contract runs out at midnight. Remains to be seen that if viewership is down how long until the networks want to renegotiate their TV deals? You really want to give this guy a raise after he left the ratings fall about 20%? Not a smart business move but of course he would like to push it through as soon as possible before the real picture paints itself.

  14. He invented the NFL! If it weren’t for him, the TV rights would go for thousands, not billions! You all seem to think he rose from an intern to inheriting the Commissionership of a monopolistic, money-generating machine. Sure he seems to be a constant f-up, but he’s vastly underpaid. Up his pay To 60 or70 million a year and he’ll definitely up his performance. Like anyone else with half a brain could do his job at a fraction of his salary?. No way!!

  15. Don’t like Goodell. He’s not good for footballl.

    Then again, being brutally honest, most owners aren’t good for the game either.

    Which means, in practice, that competent people will stay way from the commissioner job because they can make a living working for normal people!!!

    Regardless the way this was positioned by ESPN is disgraceful, shameful and outright terrible, dishonest journalism. But nothing will happen, the people behind this report will continue to spew lies and it will be fine. As long as you don’t tweet something ESPN management does not agree with…you’re fine.

    Lying in your reporting…go ahead…hey, that’s what ESPN stands for after all (11 out of 12 journalists according to my sources 🙂 – had to let that one in there, apologies)!!!

  16. Jerry never had a bad word to say about Roger over the past 20 years. Loved him. Zeke gets suspended, Cowboys out of playoffs, Jerrah needs to stop this for the good of the league….Gimme a break. Liar

  17. It’s still greedy as for most people, the employee discounts ends when the employment ends. This is not an important omissions as the premise is still the same, the greed of people. I get he likes private flight, I would too as going through the airport is such a pain–remove shoes, belts, put your stufc in dirty bins, etc. But, really he should pay for his own flight at the rate of a non employee when he is not employed.

  18. Jerry wants to destroy the bond that Goodell has with the players. And all of you who want a neutral arbitrators, Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft refuse to allow this. They know the truth, a neutral arbitrator is going to decide the cases in the exact same manner, hand down the same punishment and they won’t have Goodell to blame.

  19. Goodell needs the jet in his next career to fly to global warming conferences to tell the rest of us to drive less.

  20. Forget him. With the cash he is embezzling from the league, he can pay full price for his use of a jet. Besides, this is not a time share, when Baddell is gone, a real NFL Commissioner will be using the jet.

  21. This sounds about right. I would not be surprised if Jerry Jones purposely leaked this information with the omission to make Goodell look bad. Fans who now know that Goodell was willing to pay for it all along and are still upset are just jealous that they will never work a job that ever let them see a private jet in person. People will always criticize what they can’t have themselves, but will defend to keep the little luxuries they do have.

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