Don’t ask 61 percent of the players in the National Football League about Roger Goodell – they will say the job he is doing sucks – but that doesn’t mean he’s not being rewarded for his crappy performance – he got a $19 million raise last year.
According to published reports, Goodell received a salary this past year of nearly $30 million, an astounding jump from the $11 million he was making the year before.
So, what has he done to qualify for that huge increase? Well, he did help orchestrate the 10 years of player-owner relations with the signing of the collective bargaining agreement in 2011, but not without weeks of discord by the players. He also helped renew multi-billion-dollar television agreements that will benefit the league well into the future. I guess we could say that’s a positive.
He continues to oversee a league that rakes in the cash – in the amount of $10 billion per year. I guess that could be a positive.
But then again, it was his stubbornness in finalizing a deal for the referees last fall that led to one of the most embarrassing moments in league history – the “fail Mary” in Seattle when the Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers on the now-famous – or infamous – play. By Wednesday of the week following the controversial call, the league had given the referees what they wanted, but not before the damage to the league’s image had been done.
In addition, Goodell has overseen the whole New Orleans Saints Bountygate that eventually cost the team’s head coach his job for an entire season, the GM’s job for a good deal of time and the suspension of players who were eventually given their jobs back by the former commissioner who was asked to take a look at the issue. Yes, a year’s worth of bad blood between the league offices and an entire franchise – and for what? I’m not sure.
So, that’s enough to give him a nearly $20 million raise.
I personally work for a boss who asks, “have you looked out the window lately?” when asked about a raise.
I think the owners of the NFL need to look out the window – or at least into a mirror – the next time they think about Goodell’s pocketbook.