Remember last year when you saw how much money Roger Goodell made? Remember that shocked feeling when you saw that he made $30 million/year? Well, the Commissioner apparently one-upped himself this past season. Reports are coming out that suggest Goodell’s salary increased to a whopping $44 million in the pay period that ended on March 31, 2013.
Goodell is said to have made $3.5 million in base salary, while racking up a huge bonus of over $40 million.
It should be noted that the Commissioner’s salary has increased significantly over the last few years, as he made ‘only’ $11.6 million in 2010. Many point to the new labor agreement reached in 2011 as the reason why his salary inflated to such a high number in such a short time.
Whatever the reason is, I think we most of us can agree that $44 million is way too much money to run a sports league. However, some will argue that it’s a fair slice of the pie, given that the NFL almost generates about $10 billion per year.
It’s a huge business and the guy that’s the figure head deserves a his share of the profit, but $44 million? That means Goodell deserves to make more than any player in the league. That’s where I jump off. It just doesn’t make sense.
The league doesn’t exist without stars. They’re the ones putting butts in seats in stadiums and couches across the country and they’re the ones who deserve a larger slice of the pie.
You have to wonder how much longer the players will stand for their boss making truckloads of money, while they continue to put their lives and bodies on the line. It can’t sit well with most of the league.