New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – A tax filing revealed that the NFL paid commissioner Roger Goodell $44.2 million in the 2012 calendar year.
The amount covered $35.1 million in salary, bonus and pension compensation plus an incentive pay of $5 million and a $4.1 million pension payment from the league’s work stoppage in 2011 that was paid in 2012.
Goodell’s earnings totaled $73 million over the past two fiscal years.
His two-year average of $36.5 million is more than triple the highest annual total he received in any year before the NFL’s 2011 lockout and subsequent 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
It reportedly resulted in the NFL salary cap remaining flat for three years and rookie contract scales dramatically lower.
Marc Ganis, president of sports consultancy firm SportsCorp, said Goodell’s salary is based on his performance and the fact owners believe he is worth more than $1 million per team.
“The NFL owners are paying this,” Ganis said. “Not the players and not the fans.”
Patriots owner Robert Kraft believes Goodell’s pay is commensurate with his position and capability.
“I feel that, as commissioner, he runs the business of the NFL as if he were an owner-operator,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “I consider him to be one of the most outstanding managers in the country.”
Goodell’s pay also reflects the financial health of the NFL, as league revenues have grown by about 11 percent to $10 billion.
The league’s teams are collectively worth more than $37 billion, according to Forbes magazine.