Roger Goodell Reportedly Made $44.2 Million in 2012

Tim KeeneyContributor IFebruary 14, 2014

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Last year around this time, many people were shocked—and downright depressed—to learn that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made nearly $30 million during the previous fiscal year.

If you were one of those people, it's probably time to stop reading. 

According to the SportsBusiness Journal's Daniel Kaplan, Goodell made over $44 million in 2012:

First, some fun with numbers. Let's say Goodell worked a healthy 60 hours a week and took zero vacation days. That would put him at just over $14,166 per hour.

ESPN's Darren Rovell breaks it down further, stating "Goodell was paid $35.1 million in salary, bonus and pension compensation. He also received a $5 million incentive payment and a $4.1 million pension payment from the league's work stoppage in 2011 that was paid in 2012."

Pretty obscene, obviously, but according to a statement from NFL owners Arthur Blank, Robert Kraft and Jerry Richardson, via Kaplan's detailed report, the commish has earned his salary:

“Goodell’s compensation reflects our pay-for-performance philosophy and is appropriate given the fact that the NFL under his consistently strong leadership continues to grow.”

Others aren't nearly as convinced. 

As we learned last year, the NFL is actually exempt from paying federal corporate taxes, making the multi-billionaire dollar company—technically—a non-profit organization. And as Kaplan writes, "even Congress has brought up Goodell's pay as part of attacks on the league's non-profit status."

Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin further discussed the absurdity of this kind of compensation for Goodell, whose top pay before the 2011 labor deal was "only" $11.5 million:

And we don't even want to know—OK, yes we do—how Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White will respond to this news after coming through with this tweet two years ago when it was reported Goodell would make $20 million per year:

Per Kaplan, this makes Goodell the highest-paid commissioner in sports, surpassing Bud Selig, Adam Silver and Gary Bettman. 

And for as massive as the NFL already is, it's only going to keep growing. 

Goodell's efforts to increase the league's brand overseas have been no secret, and that resulted in a record three games at Wembley Stadium this past season. He has also made it known he wants a team in London. 

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Moreover, this year's Super Bowl had an average TV audience of 112.2 million viewers, which was a new record despite the game being a blowout. 

It's all evidence that the NFL is expanding, and as sick as it might make you, Goodell's wallet is going to continue to do the same.