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Roger Goodell Salary Is Now $200,000,000
Roger Goodell’s salary is one of the most discussed subjects in all of sports. But no matter what you think of the oft-controversial NFL Commissioner, one thing is certain — he isn’t hurting for cash.
The NFL recently announced that Goodell signed a five-year contract extension worth $200m including bonuses and incentives. His new salary — $40m a year — is actually $10m more than what he receives under his current contract. That astronomical price tag easily makes him the highest paid individual within the NFL.
NFL Owners Happy With Decision
The re-upping of Goodell’s contract came as little surprise to those who follow the NFL. The commissioner has been widely lauded by NFL owners as he has navigated the league though some difficult times.
Recent scandals Goodell has had to deal with include the Ray Rice domestic violence debacle, the fallout from Colin Kapernick’s kneeling protest, and a decreasing TV audience. Given all the turbulence surrounding the NFL’s state of affairs right now, it’s understandable that the owners were determined to maintain a continuity of leadership.
Speaking about the move, Arthur Blank (who owns the Atlanta Falcons) qualified the hiring as a “relief.”
“I’m feeling relieved now,” he said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “I’m happy that it’s over.”
Goodell No Friend to Sports Bettors
For online casino and sports betting enthusiasts, the news has been met either with disappointment or indifference.
Goodell is known for his anti-sports betting stance. And while it’s been suggested that his public provocations against gambling is simply a PR stunt that hides a broader acceptance of the practice, the fact remains that his public opposition to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act has been damaging to efforts to gain broader legalization of sportsbooks in the United States.
“I think we still strongly oppose [it], and otherwise, legalized sports gambling. The integrity of our game is No. 1. We will not compromise on that,” he is quoted as saying after a recent league owners meeting.
Canadian punters will just have to hope along with the rest of their sports loving brethren that Goodell is too busy counting his money to do any damage to their favorite pastime.