Saturday, April 20, 2024

NFL Will Give Up Tax Free Status So They Can Hide CEO and Exec’s Gigantic Salaries


The NFL has decided to hide information about its executives bloated salaries legally. They’re giving up their federal tax status as a non profit organization, thus removing all transparency about the group. All foundations and charities file Form 990s in which compensation of top execs must be noted.

Last year, there was shock when it came out that in 2012 Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, took home $44 million in salary and bonuses. The year before that Goodell’s salary had been $29 million.

This was after many bungled decisions and scandals including Ray Rice and domestic abuse, and concussions, among other scandals such as deflated footballs.

Goodell isn’t the only wildly overpaid NFL exec. In 2012 as well EVP of Media Steve Bornstein got $26 million. Five other execs also received healthy seven figure salaries.

Goodell, according to Bloomberg News, says he discussed changing the NFL’s tax status with team owners in March. Letters were sent out this month. It’s unclear how this will affect the groups that received money from the NFL Foundation. But it will ensure that the company’s business will no longer be public.

The NFL’s 2014 Form 990 has not yet been made public.

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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