The NFL is on the verge of a labor stoppage after the current collective bargaining agreement expires on March 4. As the deadline approaches, the commissioner has pledged to reduce his annual salary to one dollar if the two sides do not reach an agreement. Goodell has also asked the compensation committee not to make any bonus payments to him until after a deal is reached.
Goodell reportedly earns upward of $10 million a year once bonuses are added. On the surface, it appears that the commissioner is making an effort to extend a branch to the NFLPA to get a new collective bargaining agreement in place.
However, there is also a nagging feeling that this may be a PR stunt on the behalf of the commissioner. Being that Roger Goodell earns such a handsome salary, he surely won't suffer by reducing his salary to a token $1 amount.
Furthermore, the commissioner isn't necessarily foregoing his bonuses. He's simply not taking payment on them until a new labor deal is in place. It seems like the commissioner is using a little sleight of hand.
This wouldn't be the first time the commissioner took action to help the NFL save face. He created a personal conduct policy for players and NFL employees in response to several embarrassing arrests by NFL players, most notably Adam "Pacman" Jones.
Many argue that Roger Goodell's enforcement of his policy is completely arbitrary and doesn't follow any logical rhyme or reason. In fact, the commissioner strengthened his personal conduct policy in response to allegations that two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, sexually assaulted a 20 year-old college student in Georgia.
The allegations were never proven and Roethlisberger was never arrested, faced any charges, or went to trial. But the commissioner used his broad power to suspend Roethlisberger anyway.
This salary reduction stinks of all the same PR manipulation that Roger Goodell has been proven to have used already in the creation and enforcement of the NFL's personal conduct policy.
The fans don't care who is at fault for the labor negotiations having not made headway this close to a possible labor stoppage. The fans just want to see football next season. The commissioner can keep his token show of selflessness. No one is buying it.