Life is not easy for the Commissioner of the National Football League, Roger Goodell. There is no doubting that fact.
He also happens to be in possession of a computer hard drive that any sports journalist would jump at the chance to analyze. Goodell's document files and Outlook inbox would reveal even the most intimate of secrets that the NFL has to offer.
No, we are not on some sort of reconnaissance spy mission, but would it not be interesting to take a look at conversations that Goodell might be having on a daily basis?
Since I am the one writing the story and you are the one reading it, I'll take it that you are at least mildly interested.
All of the conversations are obviously made up, but for the sake of clearing my name, I will just reiterate that to you, the reader.
Let us start with the most recent news that has put the recently beleaguered commish in a negative light once again.
Daniel Kaplan, a writer for the Sports Business Daily, released a report two weeks ago stating that Goodell made a salary just under the $30 million mark for the 2011 season. According to reports, the commissioner was scheduled to make $10 million for that season, but the owners decided to give him a drastic raise after the lockout was averted.
The money might have been surprising to fans, but it was not so surprising to the men that he considers his peers: the professional league commissioners.
Mostly base salaries are reported for the head men for the four major leagues in the United States and none are very close to the amount that Goodell hauled in during the 2011 season. For all of the recent troubles that Goodell has had to endure, he has also strengthened a brand that was already plowing full steam ahead when Paul Tagliabue left the reins to him in 2006.
Tagliabue was the right-hand man for Goodell during the Bountygate scandal that rocked the NFL after the 2011-12 season. Goodell initially enforced stiff penalties against a bunch of New Orleans Saints players and coaches before he asked Tagliabue to intervene.
A federal judge has dismissed Jonathan Vilma's defamation suit against commissioner Roger Goodell, league spokesman Greg Aiello announced.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2013
The former commissioner acknowledged that there was a program that harmed the integrity of the game in place down the Bayou, but he dismissed all punishments that were levied against the players, including the one-year suspension on Jonathan Vilma.
Despite the dismissal of the punishments, Vilma looked into a defamation suit, claiming that Goodell damaged his character with the severe one-year suspension. The suit was quickly thrown away by a judge, saying there was no grounds to prove that Goodell had done such a thing.
That did not stop Vilma from barring Goodell from his restaurant in Miami, Brother Jimmy's BBQ. In fact, Vilma, along with his college teammates and restaurant co-owners Jon Beason and D.J. Williams, put a sign on the door stating, "Do Not Serve This Man" with a picture of Goodell.
The Saints are not the only NFL members unhappy with Goodell's effort in the commish's chair. According to a poll conducted by USA Today in January, Goodell was only receiving an approval rating from 39 percent of players in the league.
Life is not easy for Roger Goodell, but there are 30 million reasons why the stress of the job is worth the negative attention.