What did Roger do to deserve a pay cut?
The handsomely compensated NFL commissioner wasn't as handsomely compensated for his services in 2014 after a tax filling from the league Tuesday revealed Roger Goodell made approximately $10 million less than he did in 2013.
BREAKING: Roger Goodell's compensation in 2014 was $34.1 million, according to a tax filing the league filed today.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 16, 2016
Rovell broke down Goodell's compensation even further:
Goodell had a $3.5 million base salary, but he also received a bonus of $26.5 million, a figure that was determined in 2013. In addition, he received $3.7 million in pension and other deferred benefits and $273,000 in "other reportable compensation."
Football fans might recall that Goodell was paid a whopping $44.2 million in 2013, basically earning more than nearly all of the game's top players. Despite taking a 22.8 percent pay cut in 2014, Goodell still earned $16.6 million more than Bears QB Jay Cutler, who's $17.5 million base salary was the league's highest two seasons ago.
So why did Goodell take such a hit in 2014? We might never know for sure, but the league came under fire in 2014 for its handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence controversy, with Goodell bearing the brunt of the media firestorm for initially giving the former Ravens running back a two-game ban and generally fumbling its handling thereafter. Of course there was also high profile suspensions for domestic violence incidents involving Adrian Peterson, Jonathan Dwyer, and Greg Hardy, on top of the hot-button player safety issues; specifically CTE and concussions and the threat they pose to the league's future.
This could be the last time we find out Goodell's salary for sure since the NFL gave up its tax-exempt status in 2015. The move, largely considered symbolic since it only really designated the league office as such, will allow it, among other things, to shield the amount of compensation it provides its executives from being released publicly.
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