Sunday, April 14, 2024

NFL CEO Roger Goodell Is Paid $44 Mil But Couldn’t Handle Ray Rice Scandal


Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, made $44 million last year. He received a $15 mil increase from 2012. But he couldn’t get his hands on a hotel video of Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in a hotel elevator and dragging her out into the hall.

Maybe the NFL isn’t paying its executives enough. Maybe it takes $100 million for an exec to do something.

Goodell wasn’t the only NFL exec who made out last year. Steve Bornstein, Executive Vice President of Media, made $26.5 million.

As I’ve written before, the NFL itself is a LOL not for profit that bills itself as a trade organization. On its most recent Form 990 tax filing, the NFL claimed revenue increased by $75 million from 2012 to 2013. But they gave away approximately $1 million LESS in 2013 to charitable organizations than they had in 2012.

The NFL listed total salaries at $102 million. This means Goodell and Bornstein get more than half the total. Two guys. $66 million.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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