Obama is amazed by Goodell’s compensation

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The President of the United States makes $400,000 per year. Commissioner Roger Goodell makes a lot more than that. The current American president has noticed the disparity.

Asked in a GQ interview by Bill Simmons whether Barack Obama would like to be the commissioner of football, baseball, or basketball, Obama said this: “Well, I’m best suited for basketball. But I cannot believe that the commissioner of football gets paid $44 million a year.”

Technically, Goodell doesn’t make $44 million per year. His annual compensation package, made public because of the league office’s now-abandoned non-profit-status, varies based on a number of factors. For 2012, the year after a lockout that accomplished most of the owners’ financial goals, Goodell was paid $44 million. In 2013, the total dropped by $9 million, to $35 million.

The last year to be reflected in the relevant federal filing will be 2014, which should be interesting in light of the Ray Rice scandal. How much less will the Commissioner make based on his handling of one of the most embarrassing episodes the league has seen in recent years? (Unfortunately, the public won’t have access to Goodell’s compensation for 2015, the Year of #Deflategate.)

Simmons, a Boston native who has strong negative feelings about Goodell due in part to the perceived persecution of the Patriots, then tried to bait Obama into saying something more inflammatory. But Barack didn’t bite.

After Obama attributed Goodell’s pay to the fact that the league’s owners are making a profit, Simmons asked if Obama believes the owners like having Goodell in the position.

“You’re not going to drag me into your fights, man,” Obama said. “Come on — I’ve got enough fights of my own. This is between you and Roger.”

It’s actually between plenty of people and Roger, who has become one of the most polarizing figures in all of sports. Actually, “polarizing” isn’t the right word, because it implies that folks either love him or you hate him. When it comes to Goodell, most fans either hate him or they don’t care.

But that’s one of the reasons why Goodell makes so much money. He provides cover for owners who, through Goodell, run the league the way they want to run it, and Goodell takes the arrows on their behalf.

If Goodell is ever replaced, the next person also will make a lot of money — because the next person will also be expected to become the pin cushion for those who don’t like the way the league operates. It operates at the wishes and whims of the owners, who realize that it’s much easier to do that if there’s a figurehead who catches the flak for it.

Meanwhile, the NFL has no comment regarding Barack Obama’s opinions regarding the Commissioner’s compensation.

250 responses to “Obama is amazed by Goodell’s compensation

  1. Obama is amazed at a lot of things he should already have been aware of. Spineless and cowardly and I’ve voted democrat my whole life. The next election may well be the first time I ever vote for a gop presidential candidate.

  2. I am amazed that this guy gets paid $400,000 for the crappy job he is doing. Talking about someone else being overpaid, he oughtta look in the mirror.

  3. all while increasing TV timeouts and commercial breaks.
    decreasing the value of the product on the field.
    Creating the terrible displays we see on Thursday nights.
    Increasing the penalties per game 3x.
    and making a mockery of the collective bargaining agreement and statutes set by his predecessors

  4. The embarassment of deflategate was caused by tom brady cheating as he works for the criminal enterprise of the NE patriots, goodell’s favorite little darlings.

  5. “He provides cover for owners who, through Goodell, run the league the way they want to run it, and Goodell takes the arrows on their behalf.”

    Goodell is the real shield and the owners are what is being protected. They have shown time and again that they bear more resemblance to robber barons than stewards of the game.

  6. I’m amazed that Roger Goodell is still employed by the NFL. That’s what amazes me. This ridiculous notion that he maintains the position “because the league has made so much money under him” cracks me up! Guess what – the NFL IS A CASH COW WITH OR WITHOUT GOODELL! I really hope the owners realize that sooner rather than later.

  7. So basically, Tagliabue had a big set and he ran the league the way it needed to be run for the good of the game. And Goodell has no sack, and just does what the owners tell him to do. Sounds very shady. And it explains perfectly what deflategate was. It was a bunch of crybaby owners who couldn’t believe the Patriots were that much better than them.

    Think about it, with the exception of a few clowns who inherited the team (looking at you coke head, I mean Irsay), most of the owners made a fortune being awesome at business. They take that fortune and buy an NFL team. They have an ego the size of Rob Ryan. They cant sit there and accept that Kraft, Belichick, and Brady are that much better than them, so it has to be cheating. Its actually quite pathetic. It is the kind of thing you expect to see from a 3rd grader

  8. What’s amazing is how the skidmark new england asterisks of boston have gone this long without getting banned from the league. What no chowder muncher will admit is that they know deep down, they KNOW, that their team is forever tainted and their “championships” mean a little less than real teams’ accomplishments.

  9. I wish I could be terrible at my job and still get paid $35,000,000. Heck, I would be okay with $400,000 and never calling our enemy Muslim extremists.

  10. Report comment
    PatriotsCheat,FansDenyDenyAccuse says:
    Nov 18, 2015 11:25 AM
    One can’t stop ISIS and the other can’t stop rampant cheating in the northeast. Both are inept and should be fired.
    _____________________

    Obama can’t dry the tears of the rest nation’s tears either

  11. What of it Obama? What business of yours what he makes? Go pedal socialism in Greece and Venezuela

  12. aysend564 says:
    Nov 18, 2015 11:24 AM
    I am amazed by Obama’s incompetence

    Well he has no experience in anything!

  13. I too am shocked the owners have not sacrificed goodell for the sake of player support and good PR

  14. Obama is surprised that scummy politicians can rake in that kind of cash in payola.

    Maybe Obama can answer this. How do politicians work a job paying 150 grand a year, end up being millionaires in a few years? Math doesn’t add up, and no one is buying those boring books. Maybe it is the insider trading, which is legal for politicians for whatever reason (the reason is so they can legislate to manipulate the markets for maximum profit on investment).

    Yeah, worry about what someone else gets paid, while every politician in DC sells out the people for riches the common man can only dream of. Winning a seat in the house is like winning the lottery. No wonder these politicians spend tens of millions of dollars to be elected to a job that pays a small fraction of that. Gotta spend money to make money!

  15. I knew immediately that this article would be like a honey trap for the meathead know-nothings that populate this site… the comments so far are hysterical.

    Like any of these barely-functional assclowns could grasp how complicated Obama’s job is, or how well he’s done it. You losers can’t even run your fricking fantasy football teams, much less comment on the abilities of our Commander in Chief.

    LOL… Obama would make a GREAT NFL commissioner. He might be the NFL’s only chance to shut down the criminal enterprise in Foxboro.

  16. Most of Goodell’s compensation is in the form of bonuses based on financial incentives. He is obviously making the owners money, and they are rewarding them for that. He doesn’t work for the fans.

  17. I’m amazed that my health insurance went up $800 per month, when I was told that if I like my health plan I could keep it – 2013 Politico Lie of the Year.

    I don’t like Goodell either …

  18. Just fire the commissioner and each owner can pocket a million of his salary. Hire a competent CEO for what the president makes or even less.

  19. Companies that advertise w the NFL must be corrupr just like Goodell and the owners.

    Memo to the companies with advertising deals with the NFL, guess what 99 percent of us do when there is a commercial, we change the channel.

    So in case you dont know, you know now, you are throwing money out of the window. Hope you enjoy getting minimal impact from the boatload yoy are paying the NFL.

    Wow companies are dumb.

  20. The relevant number isn’t a $40 million salary

    It’s the $40 Billion that is the NFL as a business entity and very few are willing to say that Emperor Goodell has no clothes

    He’s a puppet of the owners who support abusers and will frame and slander a team that stands in their way to Super Bowl

    It’s shameful that so few have the courage to call him out. At the very least Obama should oppose giving a penny of taxpayer funding for new stadiums to these corrupt owners

  21. Easy, Ross. President Obama was asked a question and he answered it. No need to get yourself in a frenzy over it. Then again, if you hurl yourself over the deep end again because of it, at least I won’t get anymore phone calls about your “delicate state of mind” and what you may do to yourself. Which reminds me… have you had your morning meds?

  22. Obama is just an actor like all of the others before him… Shouldn’t he be golfing now….

  23. It’s disingenuous to say that the President only earns $400,000 per year. And when both of their careers are done, I’m taking Barry on the over.

  24. Barack Obama loves capitalism, and recognizes that the path that America is on is unsustainable, and will lead to the destruction of capitalism. He wishes to re-energize the lower-class and middle-class working members of America who serve as the base of capitalism. Much like a tree, care has to be given to the roots of the tree, which provides the water for the rest of the tree. When it does, the tree will begin to thrive again.

    To oversimplify and make the eye-rolling statement; “Obama hates capitalism,” tells me more about you than him.

  25. mikermiker
    let me just tell you deep down inside how incredibly ecstatic I was when Malcolm intercepted that ball and blew up Ricardo Lockette in the process.

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWESOMMMMMMME

    Still feels great. Might happen again. And again.

    As for Obama, he just wants Goodell’s salary for more free gas and college for HIS fanbase.

  26. shlort says:Nov 18, 2015 11:37 AM

    Obama is surprised that scummy politicians can rake in that kind of cash in payola.

    Maybe Obama can answer this. How do politicians work a job paying 150 grand a year, end up being millionaires in a few years? Math doesn’t add up, and no one is buying those boring books. Maybe it is the insider trading, which is legal for politicians for whatever reason (the reason is so they can legislate to manipulate the markets for maximum profit on investment).

    Yeah, worry about what someone else gets paid, while every politician in DC sells out the people for riches the common man can only dream of. Winning a seat in the house is like winning the lottery. No wonder these politicians spend tens of millions of dollars to be elected to a job that pays a small fraction of that. Gotta spend money to make money!
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    Lobbyists! Its all crooked…

  27. cashindubz says:Nov 18, 2015 11:43 AM

    Everyone complaining about Obama need to realize the people elected him as POTUS. Next time vote instead of complaining.
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    Elections are rigged. They wouldn’t dare let an honest person get elected.. Trillions are at stake… And they must be Freemason also!

  28. Too funny….Obama has no problems with government profiteers Bill and Hillary Clinton who shakedown every entity they make contact with. Obama has no problems with government profiteer/global alarmist Al Gore who has banked $300 million spreading unfounded worry. The only job title that pays better than NFL Commsioner is “Retired Democrat”

  29. And I am amazed at how delusional Obama is…amazement all around. Me and Obama, both amazed.

  30. Lots of Patriot whiners.

    I’m sorry your QB and your team have been beaten badly by Brady and the Patriots. They have ruled most of the teams in the NFL for the past decade.

    Your team and your QB most likely are coached by people like Barack Obama . . . who is inept.

    I wouldn’t waste my time commenting on our inept Commander in Chief who calls ISIS the JV team and that we have them contained. The guy is clueless. See, I just wasted my time.

  31. Wow, anything to distract from the whole “ISIS is contained” gaffe. And his potential successors are horrible , too. #wearescrewed

  32. There is no requirement for any leadership role to serve as a pin cushion absorbing needle points. The functional process could always be morphed to one that absorbs positive energy praise creating an expansion effect that balloons blossoming benefits back into the constituency it serves. Either analogy is possible to demonstrate.

  33. Goodell makes too much money for his job performance, but go after Obama for agreeing with all of us who have said this over and over for the last few years. Typical.

  34. Obama & the government spends trillions. Has no profit.

    Goodell, like him or hates him leads a business that makes BILLIONS in profit annually.

    Anyone in his position stands to make that kind of salary.

    It’s not that hard to figure out.

    When your business makes billions, you can get a 44 million dollar salary.

  35. Look at all the haters in this forum. Just loud mouths. If you know how to be the President, show some guts and let us see you run and win. Easy to be an arm chair QB. Bunch of losers from both sides. Go do something constructive. Sick of people who simply spew hate, ideology and BS (both sides) who themselves are likely failures in life. Masters of blame games, doer of nothing!

  36. Our Founding Fathers got a few things wrong. The ability of anyone to maintain their health or education shouldn’t be based on how much they can afford, or how much profit can be made. Insurance companies in particular; they provide a service. Sure, they should make a profit. But they make billions from NOT paying claims for the benefit of making ungodly profits. That’s just stupid. Same for banks. It’s a service, not a birthright to fleece.

  37. This is probably the worst commented article outside of Patriot denial articles here. Talk about so many thoughtless grenades lobbed from foxholes!

  38. I doubt he would be so amazed if Goodell happened to be a big donor to Obama, the DNC, or liberal groups. Like, say, George Soros.

  39. I actually think Obama answered pretty good. Obama and no one else can stop an army dressed in civilian clothes with people willing to blow themselves up. It’s going to be a long fight and although I did not vote for Obama I realize there is no military answer for ISIL unless the world is willing to see 100s of thousands of innocent people die.

  40. Simmons is a hack and a well known Patriots apologist. Think what you want of Obama, but Simmons is no match for him in a one on one, and his futile attempts at ‘gotcha’ questions were easily deflected by the Prez.

  41. They probably asked him about it while he was out golfing again or hanging out with a kid that brought a bomb looking object to school. He pretends like he has no time yet he’s doing stuff like that

  42. Obama, the guy who thinks the terrorists are going to sit down at the negotiating table and work out a deal! You know we’ve become the softest country on earth when the french have to go in to take out isis

  43. Rog was drinking champagne and eating hors d’oeuvres with Kraft until he wasn’t invited to Bob’s parties anymore. Now he’s eating shrimp and steaks down in Dallas. So a lot has changed in the past year.

  44. Asking this president about a free market economics issue is like asking Charlie Sheen about integrity.

  45. “But that’s one of the reasons why Goodell makes so much money. He provides cover for owners who, through Goodell, run the league the way they want to run it, and Goodell takes the arrows on their behalf.”

    Probably the only reason. What kills me is that he keeps on taking the embarrassment. The illegal TV deal, the billion dollar concussion suit, he’s been called everything in the book, he’s clearly the most hated man in America, he’s had over a half dozen players kill themselves on his behalf … and he still takes it.

    After one year of that I’d take the 40 mil and run. I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night. It’s a snap for Goodell. The man is amazing.

  46. I am with Obama on this one…people will always complain about politicians no matter what party they are from…so fire away at him if you want.
    Of the 2 I hate Goodell way more.

  47. Did everyone ignore the context of Obama’s comment? He was asked whether he was interested in becoming commissioner of a professional sports league and said that basketball was a better fit, but football pays more.

    “Asked in a GQ interview by Bill Simmons whether Barack Obama would like to be the commissioner of football, baseball, or basketball, Obama said this: “Well, I’m best suited for basketball. But I cannot believe that the commissioner of football gets paid $44 million a year.””

  48. I always find it amusing when people rail on about socialism when ever BO’s name comes up.

    How bout this, flip me that social security check when you get it since you seem to be so against it, especially considering that the money likely will all be gone when I get to retire.

    Oh, also, Stay off the highway, don’t call the cops or FD, don’t go to the city park, pull your kids from public schools, and take that support our troops sticker from your car and return your GI bill $ if your ever served since the military is tax funded.

    I am about as capitalist as they come, and not a big fan of Obama, but it always makes me laugh when people try to equate social programs to communist Russia.

    But I bet that makes me socialist because I actually understand how a government works and don’t just regurgitate talking points right?

  49. Ironic how the ones calling Obama incompetent are the same ones who voted for George W Bush.

    And Sarah Palin……..

    (:

  50. I used to be amazed at the stupidity and general lack of knowledge of the Right. Not anymore. It’s so widespread and pervasive, I guess I’ve just gotten used to it.

  51. There is a big difference between Goodell and Obama

    When Goodell sells something (NFL tickets) it is worth about twice as much as the NFL sold it.

    When Obama sells something (Obamacare) it will cost you 6 times as much as he sold it.

  52. “How has your bank account grown since you entered politics Obama?”

    The Obama’s have done quite nicely since he entered politics.

    In fact, literally days after Obama was elected Senator, Michelle Obama was hired (after a nationwide search, no doubt) by University of Chicago Medical Center to do-nothing job (“Associate Dean of Community Outreach”, or some such nonsense), at a salary of over $300,000 /year.

    This position was so vital to the school’s mission that when Michelle resigned to become First Lady, the school never even bothered to replace her.

  53. Is this real life? Obama is the biggest joke of a leader this world has ever seen.

    He singlehandedly could be the reason that democrats are beaten in the biggest landslide in history in 2016.

  54. Not as amazed as I am that Patriot Hater’s limp wristed skirt wearing wuss teams haven’t been folded out of the league yet. It really is despicable and beneath the GOAT QB and the NFL’s Greatest Dynasty to have to suffer the humiliation of subjection themselves to such puny little weakling competition every week.

    Yup. Long past time for them to fold and bring in 31 new teams to have a shot at the kings of the NFL. Get the wussies out of the league.

  55. Bubbahotep- yes, we are ready to see those numbers of casualties. I say poison the water supply.

    And for the boxing saying Obama would beat goodell in arm wrestling, lmao. No doubt, in just a few seconds, your president would be on his knees servicing the commissioner while having his drink resting atop his head.

  56. Unarguably the worst president ever and worst commissioner ever. Both inherited something great and have torn it to shreds.

  57. I can’t stand the guy but there is something very off-putting when the author refers to the President of the United States by his first name.

  58. I knew this headline would summon the legions of mouth-breathers. The ones that make no money and act like they would be a millionaire by now if only Bush were still president.

  59. Did Obama makes those comments when Goddell was in or out of his safe space? If Goddell was outside his safe space he should call 911 on the president.

  60. Of course people would drag politics into these comments. Just being real….get a life. Politics is a joke and it’s just as much of a business as Starbucks is a business. Why people pick sides, argue and fight about it is embarrassing when you really think about it.

  61. tedmurph says:
    Nov 18, 2015 12:19 PM

    I used to be amazed at the stupidity and general lack of knowledge of the Right. Not anymore. It’s so widespread and pervasive, I guess I’ve just gotten used to it.

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    Amen.

  62. Both of them are nasty with their opponents but one makes money for his employer while the other one bankrupts his.

  63. This terd? I am amazed that Obama has been the biggest recipient of BP Oil Funds over the last 20 years. Didnt hear much from him when that Oil Spill happened in 2010 did ya. Leave this sport alone.

  64. 1.Economy’s up
    2.Unemployment’s down
    3.Bin Laden’s dead
    4.Health care is great here in Massachusetts (although Romney takes credit for that – same plan)
    5.And the Patriots are the best team in the Universe

    Other than Paris what is there to complain about unless you’re a Trump supporter and you’re blind

  65. So Barry, are we coveting what our neighbor earns? Why don’t you go earn something for once in your pompous life?

  66. The same man who said ISIS was contained on the morning of the attack on Paris has no room to speak of incompetnce..remember this is the same guy who called ISIS the JV..please BO can you just go away already!!

  67. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Nov 18, 2015 11:26 AM

    Not a surprising comment from a guy who hates capitalism.

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    Everyone who liked this and every other comment saying Obama is clueless for his comments about Goddell’s salary please direct your attention to paragraph 6:

    “After Obama attributed Goodell’s pay to the fact that the league’s owners are making a profit”

    So many people just read the headline and go straight to the comments section. Jeez people, at least attempt to read the article.

  68. look at #HaterNation out in full force!

    With the Patriots one of the only two remaining undefeated teams….and Brady playing at an MVP level….it has been a really bad season for #HaterNation.

  69. President Obama was amazed by the amount of money that Roger Goddell makes presiding over a business that makes over $10B.

    These comments were shared by the President as he and his wife Michelle were set to host singer Beyonce and actor George Clooney.

  70. Obama called the Eagles & thanked them for giving Mike Vick a second chance (when has a US President EVER gotten involved in the post release employment of an ex federal prisoner!?!?) & now he’s getting involved in what the commissioner of the NFL makes?!?

    This guys compass & agenda is abhorrently backwards for the leader of the free world & the most powerful man on earth. It’s really frightening.

  71. I guess I can see Obama’s point.

    Both he and Goodell are completely incompetent, and have no business holding their current posts, but Goodell makes a lot more money for the same level of incompetence as Obama.

  72. Tell you what, if he can get rid of the deficit I’d be okay with him making 44mil a year too.

    Roger, love him or hate him, runs an incredibly profitable enterprise. President Obama….does not.

  73. Obama Rocks! Cheaper gas, less soldiers going to war, and unemployment has improved. I guess if a President isn’t killing someone, some Americans get upset. Can’t wait for that generation to fade away.

  74. Hard to complain about the politics on a sports site when the article is about Obama. But man, people really are sheep when it comes to politics.

  75. Obama has mad e a lot of mistakes and criticism of those are fair enough. I just shake my head sometimes cuz we people don’t have a clue what it is that Obama is faced with on a daily basis. some of these would suck too because this office ( PRESIDENCY ) CAN BE OVWRWHELMING. Ask Bush the second. That’s why I feel sorry for Trump or Carson . Obama has achieved a lot though. Check his record

  76. As I read the comments in this article, I have come to the realization that it is so sad to live in a time where we are so divided and polarized as a society. I hardly agree with President Obama (actually no candidate ever really comes close to my political beliefs). Despite that, I still would not say half the things I read on these message boards.

    In defense to what President Obama said – there is something to criticize for a business model that offers CEO’s such obscene salaries. I am guessing most of the readers/commentors here work for companies that continue to lower your benefits, eliminate pensions and do not give you raises that come close to matching the cost of living. Then they indoctrinate us into being grateful for our jobs and that we should work harder in hopes of being able to climb higher in their unethical business model. I have a Master’s Degree and the CEO of the company I work for makes over 5000% a year more then my yearly salary. If you average all the people that work for the NFL beyond the players and coaches, there is something to criticize for Goodell making $35,000,000 a year plus bonuses, a guaranteed pension for life, health care for life, etc…

    To anyone who places such hatred to the messenger, I would ask that you consider focus more on the content of the message. As a society I feel that no CEO is worth more then 5000% of any of their employees. We should be outraged that everything is funneled up to so few.

  77. Now it makes sense why he singled out the pats. If he’s getting 44 million from all the teams they beat over the years to do that who wouldn’t? 44 million. doesnt it all make sense now?

  78. Goodell is despised by many (not just Pats fans), and he earned it. The NFL owners don’t need him and are defacing their brand by continuing with him. Give him the boot and find someone who can represent the owners’ interests but also rule with authority and fairness. The Ray Rice incident alone was enough to clean house. Things have gotten to the point where every decision coming out of the NFL Offices is questioned — that happened on Goodell’s watch. In protecting the shield (what a pompous thought), he’s stomped on it.

  79. I plan on taking the $2,500/year I am saving from Obamacare and buy NFL tickets.

    Oh wait….I am now “saving” so much money now on healthcare, that I can no longer afford my NFL season tickets.

  80. Man, Goodell and Obama in the same article? *Gets popcorn*….

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    Lol. I laughed pretty loudly in a conference full of people when I read this. If only there was popcorn. Haven’t read past it yet but I suspect this comments page is going to be epic.

    Longest comments page on pft yet?

  81. However you feel about Obama, having the President question the Commissioner’s compensation is a bad look for the NFL.

    But any organization willing to pay $45M to be run by an incompetent stumblebum doesn’t care much about public perception.

  82. Pretty easy. The effect of goodell is that he’s running a profitable business. In the other hand you OBAMA are losing money hand over fist and your company is and has been technically bankrupt for decades. Any more questions?! If the US was analyzed as a publicly traded company, it would be a penny stock and most likely wouldn’t even qualify to be on the NYSE

  83. So, Obama the sports guy…yeah, right. He can’t throw a pitch to make it to the home plate, he only dribbles when he’s talking off the teleprompter & football, he throws like a sissy.
    I don’t care what other folks make…they make what someone else thinks they are worth to pay them. If I don’t like it & have a vote in it, I vote & let them hear about it, if it is something that involves my taxpaying money.
    I can turn off the TV with sports which I’ve done less watching lately as the games on PrimeTime are not primetime material & not worth the costs of cable or higher subscriptions.
    Like I do when Obama comes on…it is hard to see an American President be such an American embarrassment.

  84. $44M shared by 32 owners: $1.375M/year

    Per team salary cap = $143.28M

    Goodell is less than 1% of thier FOOTBALL concern, ignoring the other concerns BILLIONAIRES have with other pursuits: over 95% of their real concern. Ownership is their hobby.

    His salary to them is like choosing between mid-grade and regular gas for we the great unwashed.

  85. So Rodger Goodwells wife worked for Foxnews. Obama can’t stand people from Foxnews. Bingo! Boring Political wars never end.
    Also look at Goodells work in terms of the revenue it generates. Goodell is being paid fair. Has he done a great job? Well, we’ll discuss that later since we all have different opinions. But should just enjoy the sport like a fan and no more than that

  86. chemistsdp says:
    Nov 18, 2015 12:56 PM

    …..I am guessing most of the readers/commentors here work for companies that continue to lower your benefits, eliminate pensions and do not give you raises that come close to matching the cost of living. Then they indoctrinate us into being grateful for our jobs and that we should work harder in hopes of being able to climb higher in their unethical business model. I have a Master’s Degree and the CEO of the company I work for makes over 5000% a year more then my yearly salary.

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    With all due respect for you and your plight, do not assume that the rest of us are in the same boat. If you don’t like the situation you are in, do something and change it. Waiting for the government to solve your problems is a waste of time.

    As for Obama, he has only himself to blame for the divisiveness in our nation right now. He treats ISIS terrorists with more respect than he gives the opposition party in his own own country. When you spew that kind of vitriol, you can expect to get right back.

  87. Although I disagree with the President on just about every issue, I like the way he handled that question. Bill Simmons loves himself some Bill Simmons, and thinks his own personal problems should be at the top of everyone’s priority list. So he tries to goad the President and the President slams the door on his nose. Good job, Mr. President!

    Now, if both you and Bill Simmons could go away forever, I’d be eternally grateful.

  88. pixelito says:
    Nov 18, 2015 12:18 PM

    Ironic how the ones calling Obama incompetent are the same ones who voted for George W Bush.

    And Sarah Palin……..

    Not all of us. Some of us voted for him and have no issues saying I made a mistake. He is very incompetent it just took me awhile to see the light.

  89. hlna55 says:
    Nov 18, 2015 1:28 PM

    Pretty easy. The effect of goodell is that he’s running a profitable business. In the other hand you OBAMA are losing money hand over fist and your company is and has been technically bankrupt for decades. Any more questions?! If the US was analyzed as a publicly traded company, it would be a penny stock and most likely wouldn’t even qualify to be on the NYSE
    ——–

    but it’s not a publicly traded company, nor should it be. so you can’t really compare it to one.

    However, can you imagine if it were? Mitt Romney and his friends would have sent all those government jobs to China too.

  90. I am amazed by the amount of golfing the President of the United States has been able to get in over the past 7 years, and the amount of money it has cost the taxpayers. I am amazed at how the poor do not speak out over the facts concerning this and other issues similar to this.

    Sincerely,

    A Guy Named Roger

  91. I can’t wait until Trump takes over. The prez we have right now spends all of his time watching ESPN instead of stopping terrorism.

  92. milwaukeeguy says:
    Nov 18, 2015 1:56 PM

    Boy, this article really brought out the the high -school-level thinkers around here.

    There, fixed it for you.

  93. Goodell is the CEO of a $30B+ organization…his salary is about 1/10th of 1% of that…have you guys seen what other CEO’s are making through cash and stock options???? There are hedge fund leads that make $44M look like chump change. I’m sure you haven’t missed how CEO salaries have exploded in this country over the last 25 years. It’s about par for the course.

  94. Barack Obama is the worst president in the history of this country. I’d pay him $1M to go away today since he’s looking for more money apparently.

  95. smdh people, all he said was he is amazed by how much he makes. I am also suprised the NFL commish makes that much, guess that makes me a commie socialist leftist turdbag.

  96. If Obama became a commissioner, his league would be filled with the terrorists he does nothing about now as president. IMPEACH HIM!!!!

  97. chemistsdp says:
    Nov 18, 2015 12:56 PM
    ==================================
    With all due respect for you and your plight, do not assume that the rest of us are in the same boat. If you don’t like the situation you are in, do something and change it. Waiting for the government to solve your problems is a waste of time.
    ==================================

    Who said he is waiting for the government to solve the problem? Perhaps he understands that government- mostly the GOP, is actively working against the middle class and so perhaps he is working like so many are to get those clowns out of office, and perhaps he is doing other things as well. Don’t assume everyone has as low an intellectual ability as you and that just because they commented on some web site, that is all they are doing to change their situation.

  98. You’re not the only one Barry. It would be one thing if the NFL actually delivered a great product, but they treat the fan-base as though we have the intelligence of a kumquat.

  99. Obama should threaten to take away the NFL’s exemptions from the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. That will get the attention of the smug team owners, and finally get an independent commissioner.

  100. What people need to realize is that if it weren’t for Bush and Cheney, we wouldn’t be dealing with ISIS in the first place. So for the love of God, turn off the FOX Noise.

  101. “I am amazed by the amount of golfing the President of the United States has been able to get in over the past 7 years, and the amount of money it has cost the taxpayers.”

    For example, this.

    In the right-wing echo-dome, there it is an ongoing jab at Obama that he spends too much time playing golf. That his predecessor took three times as much vacation time as he does doesn’t seem to register. Nope, it must be Obama that’s playing golf all the time.

  102. What rock does POTUS live under? EVERYONE in sports, including college coaches, etc, makes more than he does. Even college presidents make more than he does.

    Why is this a surprise to him? But then as things unfold, a lot of things look like a surprise to him.

  103. Rampant and sustained unemployment, racial divisions not seen since the 1960s, the economy in a 7 year tailspin and terrorism sprouting up all over the place because of his weak leadership. And Obama is now an expert on the NFL and Goodell? This is what you get when you elect someone whose job resume consisted of being a community agitator. I can’t decide who is more clueless Goodell or Obama.

  104. The irony in this is that Goodell actually has a lot more power than the President. He gets paid $44M because he makes the team owners a lot of money. They are all billionaires and they have the capacity to think really big.

  105. “In the right-wing echo-dome, there it is an ongoing jab at Obama that he spends too much time playing golf. That his predecessor took three times as much vacation time as he does doesn’t seem to register. Nope, it must be Obama that’s playing golf all the time.”

    Total BS point. Former presidents spent time in their private home working or going to Camp David. Obama spends his time renting out million dollar homes on Martha’s Vineyard. He takes about 5 seconds between the 3rd and 4th hole to comment on journalists getting decapitated and then he gets back to the Tee box. Not one single president has done the luxurious vacations this president has taken at taxpayer expense.

  106. The rise of ISIS is directly connected to Obama abandoning Iraq. You can’t blame Bush for that. Even Obama’s own military predicted the rise of ISIS and urged Obama not to leave. Obama’s abandonment of Iraq was one of the worst foreign policy blunders of all time.

  107. yorkmustgo says:
    Nov 18, 2015 2:08 PM
    Barack Obama is the worst president in the history of this country. I’d pay him $1M to go away today since he’s looking for more money apparently.
    ——————–
    Obama is one of the best presidents this country has ever had. He’s dealing with an obstructionist congress, a Fox news organization that out and out lies to its uneducated audience and the aftermath of an illegal war, a decimation of our intelligence organizations and an economy that was almost taken down by greedy big business with the blessings of the GOP.

  108. To the Obozo lovers; Bush was 7 years ago. Your team has been in charge for 7 years and that loud sound you are hearing is a country imploding.

  109. The NFL needs a Master, if players and owners followed protocol – they could Govern themselves, but they don’t.

    Somebody has to do it, and RG has done a great job.

  110. I wouldn’t be shocked if Obama was the commissioner in 5-10 years. He likes sports and he’d have huge influence on the players to bend to his/owners concessions.

  111. Could be a lot worse….can you imagine Donald Trump or Ben Carson as President….they would be as about as sharp as congress is right now.

    Feel the Bern!

  112. My question is, why does Goodell make that much money?

    What’s his next best alternative? A few million a year as a CEO somewhere at most?

    Why don’t the owners just renegotiate his contract and pay him 10 million a year or less?

    He probably couldn’t refuse, and if he did you just replace him.

    All that would depend on his contract, but still, it makes no sense to me to pay so much when a quarter as much is still exorbitant.

  113. Obama consistently reminds me of Dan Akroyd in Sgt Bilko.

    Phil Hartman about Akroyd in movie – “I’m telling you he’s a boob he doesn’t get it!”

  114. Dogsweat says:
    Nov 18, 2015 2:49 PM

    The NFL needs a Master, if players and owners followed protocol – they could Govern themselves, but they don’t.

    Somebody has to do it, and RG has done a great job.

    ——————

    Goodell hasn’t done a great job. He’s done some good, but there are plenty of examples of the bad. Impossible to know if another commissioner would have done better or worse, but I think I would prefer if the players, teams and games were the focal point and the commissioner were way less visible like you see in the NBA.

    I became a fan to watch on Sunday’s and I certainly like some of the 24×7 reality show aspect of the sport, but I definitely didn’t sign up to hear about the commissioner and his decision making and what he has to say on ESPN morning shows.

    He should be as behind the scenes as possible.

  115. Says the guy whose REAL yearly salary is something like:

    $400,000 compensation
    $25,000,000 untaxable fringe benefits

  116. Lol at all the anti Obama comments. The harsh reality is he won back to back elections, will retire undefeated and ride off into the sunset with the cushiest lifestyle imaginable. Stop whining and get out and vote!

  117. ninerfan81 says:
    Nov 18, 2015 2:07 PM

    Goodell is the CEO of a $30B+ organization…his salary is about 1/10th of 1% of that…have you guys seen what other CEO’s are making through cash and stock options???? There are hedge fund leads that make $44M look like chump change. I’m sure you haven’t missed how CEO salaries have exploded in this country over the last 25 years. It’s about par for the course.

    —————-

    He is not the equivalent of the CEO of a large multinational corporation.

    The owners still run the franchises that make the money. Not Goodell.

    He’s at best like the CEO of a restaurant franchisor like McDonalds. The McDonalds CEO made 7.3 Million in 2014.

  118. Unless you are trolling for a high negative comment count, don’t write any more articles about that failure 0bama.

    This is a football site.

  119. Bad analogy about McDonalds’s
    McDonald’s market share and profits dropped demonstrably in 2014
    Like it or not, the NFL is more popular and profitable than ever.
    He’s the one sailing the money ship, deserves to get paid.

  120. “tedmurph says:
    Nov 18, 2015 12:19 PM
    I used to be amazed at the stupidity and general lack of knowledge of the Right. Not anymore. It’s so widespread and pervasive, I guess I’ve just gotten used to it.”

    Well, sir, you and I are in agreement on that point; succinct and well said.

  121. Unlike Obumer and the US, Goodell actually made money for his company. He negotiated a TV Contract that makes 5 Billion extra a year now. Obama is a clueless idiot. Goodell’s salary is not even 1 % off that.

  122. “I am amazed by Obama’s incompetence”

    Too bad we’re limited to only one like for this, I’d love to give it a few thousand likes.

  123. Listen to football fans talk about politics. You’ll lose any hope you have had for this nation.

  124. Why doesn’t Obama get his pen and paper out and make an executive order for a raise?

  125. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says:
    Nov 18, 2015 4:18 PM
    Remember when Bush was president and gas was $4+ a gallon, the Real Estate market crashed and Bin Laden was still alive and free?

    Ah, the good old days. Mission Accomplished.

    ———————————————————

    Actually gas was $1.89 when Bush left office.

  126. All politicians are crooked. Comissioners are puppets of the owners.

    Impeach obama.
    Fire goodell.

  127. Wow there is no end to the arrogance of this President; The Democratic Party has lost governors, senators and house seats under the Obama administration. He knows that once he leaves office he will make millions, just like Bill Clinton did. He has refused to help the economy or handle the world threat of ISIS properly. Yet he comments on the free enterprise windfall of the NFL as if making money was a bad thing. Do we really have to wonder why the economy still sucks under his leadership.

  128. yorkmustgo says:
    Nov 18, 2015 2:37 PM
    The rise of ISIS is directly connected to Obama abandoning Iraq. You can’t blame Bush for that. Even Obama’s own military predicted the rise of ISIS and urged Obama not to leave. Obama’s abandonment of Iraq was one of the worst foreign policy blunders of all time.

    ————————————————————

    Don’t let the details of Bush’s agreement to pull the troops out invalidate your position.

  129. They should switch jobs for a week.

    Goodellbot would have ISIS suspended and fined in no time at all.

  130. f22raptorguy says:
    Nov 18, 2015 11:31 AM

    daysend564 says:
    Nov 18, 2015 11:24 AM

    I am amazed by Obama’s incompetence

    Me too!

    I’m not amazed by his incompetence, how could anyone be surprised by this buffoon. He has brought this country to the brink of humiliation with his actions or inaction.

  131. 5decadesnfl says:
    Nov 18, 2015 11:32 AM
    …but Obama has no problem with his Hollywood supporters that make that kind of cash!
    ___________________________________
    It amazes me how people can complain about the salaries of Executives and then not say a word about the salaries of Hollywood A Listers, who go around and tell people that executives are greedy and make too much money.

  132. Please keep Jimmy Carter II off of the football pages.

    One more year and we can start the repairs.

  133. I knew immediately that this article would be like a honey trap for the meathead know-nothings that populate this site… the comments so far are hysterical.

    Like any of these barely-functional assclowns could grasp how complicated Obama’s job is, or how well he’s done it. You losers can’t even run your fricking fantasy football teams, much less comment on the abilities of our Commander in Chief.

    LOL… Obama would make a GREAT NFL commissioner. He might be the NFL’s only chance to shut down the criminal enterprise in Foxboro.
    *************************************************

    Post of the day, Thanks

  134. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says:
    Nov 18, 2015 4:18 PM
    Remember when Bush was president and gas was $4+ a gallon, the Real Estate market crashed and Bin Laden was still alive and free?

    Ah, the good old days. Mission Accomplished.

    10 19
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    Gas was $1.89 a gallon there Einstein. Its better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt

  135. How the frick does Obama have the time to do an interview with GQ with all the crap that’s going on in this world. Man have no common sense or priorities. POS

  136. To the guy who made the comment that Obama would be a good nfl commissioner got me thinking. No one would ever be punished again so as not to offend anyone. Domestic violence would be stricken from the vocabulary and going forth would be called a temporary lack of rational thinking. Nah…wouldn’t work.

  137. Hmm… so how many millions more did Goodell earn before the NFL repealed its “Tax Exempt” status? lol Perhaps that’s how QB Matt Flynn was able to bank over $18M simply by going from team-to-team lol

  138. If you guys think all it costs taxpayers per year is $400K to pay for Obama, you’re off by $1.3 billion.

    Google “obama’s cost to taxpayers”.

  139. Magyver says:
    Nov 18, 2015 7:32 PM
    If you guys think all it costs taxpayers per year is $400K to pay for Obama, you’re off by $1.3 billion.

    Google “obama’s cost to taxpayers”.

    so about an NFL stadium a year … much like the league using L.A. as an escape hatch to force cities taxpayers to fork over new stadiums at BILLION plus at an average of about 1 a year to keep their teams

  140. macneil4025 says:
    Nov 18, 2015 3:11 PM
    I wish Obama could run for a 3rd term, he has my vote! The last thing we need is another incompetent Republican running the show

    exactly , when watching the republicans debates i see the BCS selection committee has found something to do since getting run out of college town

  141. Guys… wake up. Whoever is US president is irrevelant. US president is merely a puppet working for the central banking cartel new world order. The system is designed to have huge debt, taxes more taxes, ongoing mid east wars, economic collapse, weakened middle class, false flag terrorist attacks. Expect more of the same doesn’t matter if it’s president obama, bush, trump, clinton, etc.

  142. Obama will make his coin after his term. Goodell is making while he is on the job, as afterwards, his speaking engagements/book deals will be rather tepid. Either way, both are getting paid obscene amounts of money. $44 million for one year! C’mon man.

  143. bullcharger says:
    Nov 18, 2015 3:32 PM
    —————-
    He is not the equivalent of the CEO of a large multinational corporation.

    The owners still run the franchises that make the money. Not Goodell.

    He’s at best like the CEO of a restaurant franchisor like McDonalds. The McDonalds CEO made 7.3 Million in 2014.
    ————————
    I disagree, most consumers of this sport couldn’t pick Martha Ford out of a line up. He is the customer facing Executive of the organization. Owners don’t negotiate TV deals without the commissioner. Nor do they negotiate NFL wide sponsorship deals with autonomy. He is the Chief Sales and Branding Executive and is compensated accordingly. McDonald’s doesn’t own a day of the week.

  144. the really sad thing is than none of the TV shills would be allowed to sat C’mon Man about the 44 mill.

  145. Yes, the Obamas, both Barack and Michelle will make millions in speaking engagements after they leave office, just as all former presidents do.

    I have no problem with that. This is America. People are entitled to make as much money as they want, so long as they’re not doing anything illegal or unethical.

    What I find hilarious though is how liberals like Obama and his zombie-like followers, who are constantly bashing the rich, have absolutely no problem with wealth when it’s THEM or theirs who are getting rich.

    For example, I don’t know how many people remember this, but after he left office, Ronald Reagan received $2 million for a single speaking engagement in Japan. And at the time, liberals and the media (pardon the redundancy) were outraged. They said it was unseemly fro a former president to make that much money for giving speeches.

    Of course, the same people have no problem with the fact that the Clintons have made over $100 million giving speeches. Again, the hypocrisy of liberals continues to amaze.

  146. Really love this.

    When goodell and obama get slammed on the same thread

    this is the best thread ever on this site!!!!!!

  147. During their administrations, the Bushes cut taxes and INCREASED spending. By a lot. Look it up. Same for Reagan. So if you’re gonna babble on about the president bankrupting the country, look there. Clinton and Obama have both slowed the rate of growth in the national debt. The only year in which the budget was balanced (actually had a surplus) was under Clinton.

    Look it up.

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