Report: Goodell made $32 million in 2015

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It hasn’t been hard to find negative opinions about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during 2015, but he’s still making out OK on the financial end of things.

Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal reports that a tax filing by the NFL shows that Goodell made $32 million in 2015. That’s a drop from $34.1 million the previous year and the fourth straight year that Goodell’s compensation has dropped, although $32 million is still a fair chunk of change to take home.

Unless the league reverses course on it’s decision to give up tax-exempt status for the league office, this will be the last year they have to disclose Goodell’s pay. They made the change last year, but Kaplan reports a “stub period between the end of the last filing and when they changed status” meant they had to make the filing one more time.

While we won’t know exactly how much Goodell will pull in for his services in 2016 and beyond, it’s a good bet that his pay will remain high as long as revenues remain high. While plenty of people have negative takes on the job Goodell’s done, bank accounts around the league remain the most significant bellwether.

110 responses to “Report: Goodell made $32 million in 2015

  1. and the tax payers have to pay for stadiums, really? the fans take it in the you know where, once again

  2. It’s hard to believe the owners can pay this moron that kind of money. But he is just what they want. He is the ultimate yes man.

  3. Here is the unpopular rational view on this: That’s a pretty fair amount of compensation for his amount of responsibilities and duties when there is that much revenue being generated.

    If NFL stood for National Freight Line and was a shipping company with the exact same revenue total you wouldn’t hear a peep about that a $32 million executive

  4. Must be nice to make that kind of money for being such a vile, corrupt, serial liar

  5. The owners should reduce his salary to $1 million and put the remaining $31 million into the pot and then raise the salary cap!

  6. I heard that if the owners force Goodell to take another paycut next year, he’s gonna quit.

    Why, yes, as a matter of fact, I do use The Onion as my primary news source. Why do you ask?

  7. Good for him.

    Never quite understood why people get so angry about guys who are very smart make a lot of many.

    If the owners are going to pay him $1 million per team, and he continues to head the #1 sports league in the world, then he deserves it.

    Capitalism is much better that socialism any day of the week!

  8. So where are the bs artists with their false claim that Kraft determines Goodell’s salary? If it were up to ol’ Krafty Bob Roger would panhandling.

  9. WTF. Something isn’t right- audit his pay stub.
    Let’s get ahold of his phone.
    $32 million? That my friends is an outrage

  10. Goodell is the world’s highest paid school principal.

    Chewing gum in class? 4 day suspension.

    Smoking weed in the bathroom? 10 day suspension.

  11. I don’t have problems with people making a lot of money but only if they deserve it. Can the league justify this salary? Has he done things the league couldn’t have done without him? Did he personally increase revenue for each team by $1 million? Did the fans buy tickets because of him? Did he increase TV contract and thus ratings enough to cover this salary? I think his salary is partially based on the amount of fines he imposes on players because he dishes them out like its candy thrown at a parade.

    It seems like a few years ago he only made $15 million. I may be wrong.

  12. The league may be making money hand over fist but no one will ever convince anyone with a brain that it has anything to do with Goodell. That’s a lot of scratch for someone who’s job is to be a cross between a fall guy and a human piñata.
    The longer Roger is around the better Tagliabue looks, he is an embarrassment and the poster child for an empty suit.
    He will need every dime when the word integrity files suit against him.

  13. Guys that could run the nfl as well or better than goodell are a dime a dozen in the business world. Elite qbs, who make the league what it is are maybe 5-10 in number. The best make 22/yr. how is this right?

  14. So, every two weeks he’s getting a paycheck with a 7-digit number in the box. Think on that for a bit.

  15. udub says:
    Jun 30, 2016 4:41 PM
    If NFL stood for National Freight Line and was a shipping company with the exact same revenue total you wouldn’t hear a peep about that a $32 million executive
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    Seriously? If National Freight Line was a publicly traded company you’d hear plenty from the shareholders. Odds are good you’d have heard something about a CEO defrauding a business partner of their fair share of $110M. In fact in any publicly traded corporation that CEO might be hearing something from the government as well. The local DA might want to introduce him to his friend RICO

  16. duece5 says:
    Jun 30, 2016 4:49 PM
    Good for him.

    Never quite understood why people get so angry about guys who are very smart make a lot of many.

    If the owners are going to pay him $1 million per team, and he continues to head the #1 sports league in the world, then he deserves it.

    Capitalism is much better that socialism any day of the week!

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    I would bet that you believe players, on the other hand, just make way too much money and gripe about any player on your team holding out to maximize their contract.

    Or maybe you don’t believe that – maybe you think that guys who put their health on the line deserve every penny of their market value (which in America, is whatever someone will pay you for your services).

    But this guy never played a down in the league, and makes more money than any player who does. And he has the gall to try to discredit claims that football is dangerous to the health of it’s participants – all that adds up to a pretty evil, corrupt, dishonest head of the league.

    Goodell deserves a healthy paycheck for what he does. 30+ Million though? Nah.

  17. I love how everyone hates on this man, he is a employee of the owners ,a mouth piece,hate the message not the messenger boy

  18. mannyiac says:
    Jun 30, 2016 4:57 PM
    32 million?That’s pretty good for an incompetent buffoon.
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    Just imagine what they’d have to pay a competent one.
    Scratch that, they have no interest in one of those.

  19. At 256 regular season games per year, and assuming each game has 65,000 in attendance, that’s $2 for every seat that goes to pad Roger’s wallet. Thumbs up is he’s worth it, down if he’s not.

  20. The league may be making money hand over fist but no one will ever convince anyone with a brain that it has anything to do with Goodell. That’s a lot of scratch for someone who’s job is to be a cross between a fall guy and a human piñata.
    The longer Roger is around the better Tagliabue looks, he is an embarrassment and the poster child for an empty suit.
    He will need every dime when the word integrity files suit against him.

    Anyone with a brain knows integrity plays fair never disparaging those of lesser intellects such as the poster.

    Roger is making lots of people happy by toying with the Bratsie fans of the Cheaties.

  21. Until people are willing to say NO to the NFL, stop buying tickets, stop buying merchandise. That’s when you can say he does a bad job. He’s horribly boring and disliked by almost everybody, and people keep watching.

  22. Gets BOOED before EVERY draft pick too!!! Loser is making way too much money & Cheater Brady still gonna walk because Goodell botched the entire process with him!!! Goodell is a joke!!!

  23. Goodell should run for president next.

    commish and pres seem to be the perfect job to make millions of dollars for making things worse and lying about it the entire time.

  24. For just 1% of that salary, I’ll happily hand out random 2-4 game suspensions for unproven infractions while declaring I’m defending the integrity of the game.

    For another 1% I’ll ignore anything sketchy the Jets do, just like Goodell.

  25. He gets paid this much money for one simple reason and he earns every dime of it.

    He takes all the heat so the owners don’t have too. He is a punching bag for fans instead of the owners. He does anything and everything the owners want done, no matter how outrageous or morally reprehensible. He takes the hate and he revels in it. Meanwhile, the owners rake in the floods of money with zero repercussions for their disgusting actions.

    Seriously, rarely do I read fans complaining about the owners unless: He is an incompetent owner that couldn’t hire a decent GM if his life depended on it, Is an incompetent owner that meddles with the team too much, is an incompetent owner that thinks he is the GM.

    Think of every single thing people complain about Goodell. I 100% guarantee you, ever one of his horrific inexcusable actions is driven directly by the one or more of the owners.

    Long and short of it, if you hate Goodell, you are directing your hate to the wrong people. Exactly like the owners want you to do.

  26. udub says:
    Jun 30, 2016 4:41 PM

    Here is the unpopular rational view on this: That’s a pretty fair amount of compensation for his amount of responsibilities and duties when there is that much revenue being generated.
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    Other than being the fall guy for the owners, what exactly are his responsibilities and duties?

    Quite frankly, the guy should have been fired for his incompetent handling of the Ray Rice debacle, for which he was branded a liar by a Federal judge.

  27. They should deduct from that salary all the legal fees incurred to defend his stupid decisions that were overturned. However, that perhaps could be countered by the bonus he earned for slapping down the Pats cheating ways.

  28. Look, if the league makes huge money, Goodell gets his piece. It’s the same as Tom Cruise making 30 mil for making a movie that makes a half a billion. That’s how it’s done. If you want to change it, stop watching. But you know, none of us can.

  29. The only thing that matters if what the people Goodell works for think he is worth just like anyone else working for a company. I don’t care for him either but I don’t own a team.

  30. Of course it’s sickening. But for now any way, the only thing the owners can do is continue to withhold salary increases. And that has to be embarrassing for a narcissist like Goodell. The NFL is making record money and he gets a salary decrease.
    The guy is overpaid but he’s not a bafoon. He’s vile, ruthless and without any integrity what-so-ever. But he’s the puppet master and the puppets don’t know how to play nice enough with each other to get rid of him. As a result, those of us who have no say in his future have no choice to endure. Sad story with no end in sight.

  31. The problem with this “commissioner” is that the job of a commissioner is not to do what the owners (or a faction of the owners) want him to do, but rather it is to do what is right for the game. That is, that which is right for everybody – owners, players, and fans alike. This morally bankrupt piece of trash couldn’t care less about anything other than doing what the owners will pay him to do.

  32. In case anyone was wondering, I, as a Patriot fan, will never stop bitching and whining about the corrupt deflategate saga. Anytime a story comes out about a player getting punished, I will compare it to Brady’s injustice. I will never stop. Ever. Everything will be about the Patriots getting screwed. Every response. Every second of every day 24/7

  33. And let’s make sure that the taxpayers continue to subsidize the NFL for the building of stadiums.

  34. Less than zero integrity – abusing our court system while telling lies to the public and using the media to spin a story which contradicts proven science. All while keeping the PSI information collected during the 2015/2016 season a secret.

  35. whyamiacowboysfanagain says:
    Jun 30, 2016 4:42 PM
    The owners should reduce his salary to $1 million and put the remaining $31 million into the pot and then raise the salary cap!

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    No — use it to lower ticket prices.

  36. When hundreds of billions are being made, it’s a lot easier for the owners to do nothing.

  37. bassplucker says:
    Jun 30, 2016 5:10 PM
    So, every two weeks he’s getting a paycheck with a 7-digit number in the box. Think on that for a bit.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I just threw up in my mouth…

  38. Imagine that if someone makes a few hundred thousand a year they are in the top 1 percent of earners in the US, and Goodell makes 160 times that. He could keep 2 million a year, which would make any person severely rich, and give 60o poor families a good living. 600!

  39. Everyone I talk to loves Goodell. I guess I’m surrounded by successful people who don’t hate winners. Goodell should be paid $50 million minimum.

  40. spotsdad says:
    Jun 30, 2016 7:24 PM
    In case anyone was wondering, I, as a Patriot fan, will never stop bitching and whining about the corrupt deflategate saga. Anytime a story comes out about a player getting punished, I will compare it to Brady’s injustice. I will never stop. Ever. Everything will be about the Patriots getting screwed. Every response. Every second of every day 24/7

    And this is news, how?

    Anyway, if it keeps you (and all the other Pats-whiners) off the street and out of trouble, I suppose we can manage to ignore it like we’ve been doing for the last year and a half or so.

  41. #1 its funny pats fans hate him the most, but Kraft is one of 3 owners who decides Goodells Salary. For the last 2 decades Kraft has supported EVERY decision Goodell has made, and publicly said Goodell handled the Ray Rice thing as good as anyone could. Funny how when Kraft’s team gets caught cheating ALL THE SUDDEN goodell sucks at his job???? #2 And no commissioner will be perfect, its impossible when all 32 owners are basically your boss, and some of them choose your salary. Idk about you, but if im a manager and someone im supposed to manage controls my salary- i WILL be biased.

  42. Does anyone not hate this guy? Can anyone state a reason why we shouldn’t hate this guy?

  43. Goodell made $32 million in 2015
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    Blasphemy!!!

  44. Just like players, I have no problem with a guy making as much as he can. You are worth what someone is willing to pay. What I don’t get is why a guy who has such a proven track record of incompetence continues to hold onto this job. There are literally *thousands* of smart, professional men and women who could do a superior job for a fraction of the cost.

  45. Let’s play a game. Pick your top 5 QB’s in the league. combine their yearly base salary. Roger Goodell still makes more money.

  46. he just helped the Giants by suspending their players for substantial period of time.

    he just helped the Jets for not suspending their player for substantial period of time.

    when he did suspend a Giant for shooting himself, it was concurrent with his prison term.

    now we have a Bronco who shoots himself and there is no suspension.

    Please, does this guy know how to please certain owners or what?

  47. sorry

    he just helped the Giants by suspending the Cowboys players for substantial period of time.

    he just helped the Jets for not suspending their player for substantial period of time.

    when he did suspend a Giant for shooting himself, it was concurrent with his prison term.

    now we have a Bronco who shoots himself and there is no suspension.

    Please, does this guy know how to please certain owners or what?

  48. All you fans hate Gooddell but really it’s you who has made it into such a huge cash cow. Stop going to games, stop watching them on TV and the league will suffer. It’s simple but you robots are so tuned into this violent sport that you love to live vicariously through the players (especially Pats fans).

    Oh and Tom Brady cheats.

  49. I’m actually pretty sure most of the posters here could do his job, and would, for say $2 million a year.

    Take the $30 odd million left and hire full time referees.

    Whoever gets the commissioner job, I would be happy to be your (job title optional) for $250K/ yr. + tickets to whatever games I wish, sideline passes, and all the players and coaches contact information.

  50. Ruins the game with his rule changes and makes 32 Mil in the meantime. Turns the draft into a hugfest and wonders why he gets booed whenever He takes the stage. Not a bad gig Goodell.

  51. tonebones says:
    Jul 1, 2016 12:01 AM

    Everyone I talk to loves Goodell. I guess I’m surrounded by successful people who don’t hate winners. Goodell should be paid $50 million minimum.
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    It’s more likely that you are just surrounded by Jets, Bill, and Dolphins fans.

    Goodell should make as much as they will pay him, but he is still a duplicitous liar. It says a lot about the character of the people that choose to admire someone like that.

  52. The 31 trust fund babies that own NFL franchises could find another incompetent boob to run their league into the ground for a lot less than $32M.

  53. The 31 trust fund babies that own NFL franchises could find another incompetent boob to run their league into the ground for a lot less than $32M.
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    Saints’ owner Tom Benson built his empire from the ground up. His family was in poverty when he was an adolescent.

  54. People come on here to play keyboard tough guy and explain how anyone can do Goodell’s job and how he is an idiot. Well, if you think you can work your way up through the NFL and convince the owners to give you a shot – at a MERE $2Mil/year, then go for it.

    If you think you can garner the respect of the other league executives and owners and ensure the NFL has a viable and lucrative business model – which it DOES – then go for it.

    I’m sure it’s a trivial thing to do.

  55. maust1013 says:
    Jun 30, 2016 4:49 PM
    So where are the bs artists with their false claim that Kraft determines Goodell’s salary?

    footballfanatic says:
    Jul 1, 2016 8:07 AM
    #1 its funny pats fans hate him the most, but Kraft is one of 3 owners who decides Goodells Salary.
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    Well it took almost 16 hours but one showed up. That nonsense started with a falsehood from a GQ story and has been repeated ever since. There are 6 owners on the compensation committee that put together compensation package proposals that are then discussed and voted on by all owners. Carolina owner Jerry Richardson, an avowed Pats hater, is the charman.

    The lion’s share of Goodell’s compensation is tied to league revenue, only a portion of it is discretionary. The NFL’s revenue has increased each of the last four years but Goodell’s compensation has dropped every year, a trend that started well before framegate. He is making $12M less this year than he was 4 years ago, something worth considering

  56. So basically the owners are saying that Roger Goodell is more important to the NFL than any player or coach…..

    Mark Cuban was right.

  57. Why are we surprised? He’s basically the CEO of a billion dollar corporation. This is pretty much the going rate of such CEOs. But I am not surprised of this reaction. This is pretty much how we respond whenever the salary of anyone is printed. They never write “so and so’s salary is $42k” because no one cares about that.

    Much of the hated is born out of jealousy.

  58. sportnik2 says:
    Jul 1, 2016 10:02 AM
    The 31 trust fund babies that own NFL franchises could find another incompetent boob to run their league into the ground for a lot less than $32M.
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    12 of the current owners inherited their teams, 5 purchased them with inherited wealth but the largest single group, comprising 14 of the 31, are self made.

  59. Correction:

    The NFL *reported* paying commissioner Goofdell $32M. Unreported compensation (passed under the table for hatchet jobs) and his income from “other sources” is not in that total.

  60. The NFLPA should sue. Teams have this arbitrary cap on salary while a guy who doesn’t even play makes more than ANY player on any team.
    How is this fair?

  61. Jul 1, 2016 11:27 AM
    The NFLPA should sue. Teams have this arbitrary cap on salary while a guy who doesn’t even play makes more than ANY player on any team.
    How is this fair?
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    (A) Life is not fair. (B) The salary cap is not arbitrary. The NFLPA gets a percentage of the gross revenue (I believe it is 52%) That is how the cap is determined. (C) The players have no say on this because the players do not pay him; the owners do.

    Again… it is very upsetting whenever we read a story about someone making the kind of money we could only dream about. We just need to put our grown up pants on. The commissioner is paid by the owners. The league revenue has grown under Goodell, thus the owners make money, thus allowing the players to make more money.

    Yes. He makes $32M; we make $32k. Let the jealousy reign on.

  62. thetooloftools says:
    Jul 1, 2016 11:27 AM

    The NFLPA should sue. Teams have this arbitrary cap on salary while a guy who doesn’t even play makes more than ANY player on any team.
    How is this fair?
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    The bozo would only count $1,000,000 against the cap on each team. I think there are players making more than that.

  63. With all the issues and drama surrounding the league and its players, under the scrutiny of social media, 24/7 news reporting and viral videos/images/stories, his job is essentially a 24/7 gig, every week of his life. He has to be on call for every issue and emergency and then answer to the world for the issue. All while being the nuclear whipping boy for every party involved (players, fans, media)

    24×365=8760

    32mil÷8760= $3,653/hr

    Still a lot of money but he does a lot to earn it

  64. bryonneufeld says:
    Jul 1, 2016 10:50 AM
    People come on here to play keyboard tough guy and explain how anyone can do Goodell’s job and how he is an idiot. Well, if you think you can work your way up through the NFL and convince the owners to give you a shot – at a MERE $2Mil/year, then go for it.

    If you think you can garner the respect of the other league executives and owners and ensure the NFL has a viable and lucrative business model – which it DOES – then go for it.

    I’m sure it’s a trivial thing to do.
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    Or we can call him a moron when he deserves to be called one. It’s not about being a keyboard tough guy. It’s about measuring performance to compensation. Honestly, Goodell could have been paid $2 Mil\year and people would still have a legit gripe based on his performance.

  65. Just another example of corporate cronyism–fat cats heaping money on each other–just like the corporate boards. Something like half the players in the league don’t even make $1 million a year. NFL Commissioner is an exalted PR job.

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