NFL still marching toward Goodell’s $25 billion revenue goal

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In 2010, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell laid out an ambitious goal: He wanted the league’s total revenue to reach $25 billion by 2027. The league seems to be on pace to reach that goal.

That’s what analysts tell Bloomberg, which reports that the league is now at about $15 billion in annual revenue and seems headed toward adding another $10 billion a year within the next eight years.

That is obviously good news for league owners, for Goodell himself (whose hefty compensation is based on the owners’ belief that he helps them generate that revenue) and for the players as well, as player compensation is tied to league revenue. The big question for fans is whether more money for the league is good news for them.

If the league continues growing the revenue pie by putting games on increasingly expensive pay-TV packages, raising ticket prices and otherwise expecting the fans to pay more for the same product, that’s not a great deal for the fans.

16 responses to “NFL still marching toward Goodell’s $25 billion revenue goal

  1. Three best ways to reach that goal:

    #1. Fire Goodell

    #2. Take half of his salary and hire full time Refs that take an Oath to Integrity.

    #3. Permit Head Coaches to throw the Red Challenge Flag for any Call or Non-Call.

  2. That’s enough money to PRIVATELY fund your own Stadiums.

    Instead they rob the Public to further increase their profits.

    $25 Billion can finance a bunch of Stadiums, which generate more profits, and also help keep Cities from going broke.

  3. All the while the game is losing interest due to the drop in the integrity of the game. Do they think he has improved the game for the fan and decreased the integrity of the game? Yes, he did call the owner but did not make a public statement or rectify the problem. His salary if ridiculous. The position should be converted to a council of 3 people so that the Commissioner doesn’t have dictator-type powers.

  4. Goodell is the only NFL commissioner to consistently grow league revenue. When he started in 2006, it was around $6B. And now it’s $15B. Think about that – he’s more than DOUBLED revenue in just a decade.

    People think this was easy because of football’s popularity? Then please explain why previous NFL commissioners Tagliabue, Rozelle, Bell, etc. never capitalized this popularity.

  5. Every fan not wanting the govt. to get involved in the Non PI call in New Orleans is rooting for Goodell to remain commissioner…

  6. xenova1 says: “All the while the game is losing interest due to the drop in the integrity of the game. Do they think he has improved the game for the fan and decreased the integrity of the game? Yes, he did call the owner but did not make a public statement or rectify the problem. His salary if ridiculous. The position should be converted to a council of 3 people so that the Commissioner doesn’t have dictator-type powers.”
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    1. “losing interest”? 100 million people will watch the Super Bowl, regardless of who plays in it. Other than Saints fans and anti-Goodell trolls, no one cares too much about the missed call – football people understand it’s part of the game.

    2. “improved the game”? Trolls whine about how the league protects the QB – yet are first to complain about crappy QB play. Do you really want to watch backup Patriots’ Brian Hoyer or Rams’ Sean Mannion?

    3. “public statement”? Please explain how that changes anything other than more ammunition for anti-Goodell trolls like you.

    4. “salary is ridiculous”? Goodell has GROWN league revenue from $6B to $15B in a just decade. NO other NFL commissioner has done that even with football’s popularity. Why?

    5. “dictator-type powers”? Only an idiot thinks Goodell makes dictator-type decisions without the approval/backing of the majority of 32 team owners.

  7. Fixing more playoff games that allow larger markets to participate sure helps revenue.
    Further, the NFL has thrived with media coverage with all these issues. Deflategate, Spygate, Kneel Downers, Bountygate, Ray Rice, and the NO CALL. Same response from the league over each. Say nothing until it plays out in the media and then release something
    lame that the league will address it in some way during the off season. Blah, Blah, Blah.

  8. That number could be a lot bigger if the concessions at stadiums were cheaper. You look at Atlanta. If teams followed them, teams and the NFL would make more money and it would be beneficial for families to afford going to the games.

  9. 19dead2 says: “Fixing more playoff games that allow larger markets to participate sure helps revenue.”
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    Slight problem with your conspiracy theory – tv revenue contract for playoff games have been locked in years ago. As for the 30-sec commercials, they’ve been sold out months ago without knowing the participants.

    And if your theory was true, we’d see the Giants and Jets in the playoffs every year.

  10. packerssuckcheese says:
    January 28, 2019 at 10:42 am
    That number could be a lot bigger if the concessions at stadiums were cheaper. You look at Atlanta. If teams followed them, teams and the NFL would make more money and it would be beneficial for families to afford going to the games.

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    The NFL doesn’t care about families going to games, they want adults there, otherwise they’d stop selling what has to be the #1 concession item, beer. What parent wants to bring their kids to sit with a bunch of drunks who are fighting, cursing and spilling/throwing beer on other people?

  11. This article resonating with me for sure. I’ve had season tickets to the Ravens since 1996 (and the Baltimore Colts before that!)and I’m not sure how much longer. I’m turning 72 this year, been retired for a few years, and living on a fixed income. I’m probably one more season ticket price increase away from giving up my PSLs and tickets. And if the NFL goes to pay per view, I’m probably done with pro football for good.

    Fans have to realize that all we’re doing is funding a 32 member oligarchy. They don’t have the fan’sbest interests in sight – just the latest revenue projections.

  12. He’s a corporate guy doing what corporate guys do. It’s helped the bottom line, but it’s hurt the game.

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