Controversial commissioner made money in bonus after lockout end.As reported on Bleacher Report, commissioner Goodell made $29.49m in salary and bonus, making him the highest paid person in the league. In one year he earned more than Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Now why running the richest league in the world is tough, it seems a little excessive to award its head of operations a huge sum of money for ending the CBA lockout, which attributed to $22.3m bonus that he received.
Goodell has been criticized in recent years, due to the fact he allowed the league to enter a lockout initially as well as making bigger strides into increasing player safety. The problem with the second point is that players believe he is taking aggression out of the game and making the league more offence happy.
As the league is coming under more scrutiny for its handling of head injuries and concussion, it seems a poor idea to release how much the man in charge of lowering concussion rates earns, as clearly there are more pressing issues at hand.
As commissioner Goodell prepares to welcome another batch of college superstars into the NFL this April, many will be questioning whether his job deserves the hefty salary he earned, regardless if over 80 percent was in bonus.
This is something that may happen again if the league can find a reason to award him it. While next year poses no problems for the league – no major TV deals to negotiate or contracts with the players to agree on – the salary for Roger Goodell will be seriously lower than his 2012 contract.
The big question is why his work in ending the lockout was due such a huge bonus, when the whole matter should have been avoided in the first place.