Roger Goodell is Making Bank

Doug Pensinger

Being the commissioner of the NFL is no cush job.Whether you agree or disagree with the direction Roger Goodell has taken and continues to take the NFL as commissioner you have admit the dude has weathered some serious storms and had to make some hard decisions. So how does $30M a year sound as compensation?

Is the job worth the reported salary the guy makes?

Roger Goodell's salary might look insane to everyone but NFL owners - NFL - Sporting News
The NFL filed its tax return that day, and the SportsBusiness Journal reported Goodell's 2011 compensation was $29.49 million. That's $11.49 million more than Tom Brady pulled down that year, and he had 39 more touchdown passes than the commissioner. Brady had no immediate comment, but you can bet at least 61 percent of the players were not pleased. That's the percentage that disapproves of Goodell's job performance, according to a recent USA Today survey.

I don't agree with the comparison to current NFL players. The commish is a manager and so therefore he should be compared to other managers. As the linked piece points out Apple's CEO made over $300M. I think comparing the commish to a CEO is more appropriate.

So using the Apple CEO as my straw man, consider what we know about the two jobs. Apple makes a lot more money than the NFL, hence the larger salary. I imagine both have a lot of problems to address, pressures both internal and external. Yet how many times do you see Apple's issues flushed out in the news or on TV? A couple times a year maybe unless something really bad happens.

Goodell on the other hand probably has 90% of his problems run through the daily news cycle. One player says something stupid in an interview and he has to stop what he is doing and address it. Compared to the Apple CEO, who handles most things behind closed doors, Goodell has to handle such a wide array of problems and issues and has to handle it in a very public way. In that regard I would say he is very underpaid comparatively.

Now I'm not saying he has made the best decisions but he has made them. He has stood in the face of controversy and public condemnation and stood tall. So in that regard I'm not up in arms like many players on his salary. Given the right comparison he seems to be properly compensated given today's pay scale.

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