Few currently think that the Ray Rice scandal will bring down Commissioner Roger Goodell. But it could bring down his pay.
At last week’s ownership meetings, Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who chairs the NFL’s compensation committee, suggested that the Rice controversy could reduce the size of Goodell’s bank vault.
“All of those factors will come into play and be under discussion,” Blank told Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal.
Annual paperwork filed by the NFL in connection with the non-profit status of the league office showed that Goodell earned $44.2 million during the 12-month period that ended March 31, 2013. The next report will reflect the 12 months through March 31, 2014, months before the Rice scandal hit full boil.
The NFL reportedly is considering a switch to for-profit status at the league office. Blank told Kaplan that the potential move is not motivated by a desire to keep Goodell’s pay secret.
The non-profit status for the league office arises from the reality that all revenue passes through to the teams, which pay the taxes due and owing on the money. Surely, however, the NFL realizes a benefit that outweighs having the money paid to key employees a matter of public record.