The New York Times reported that Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, earned nearly $128 million through a combination salary, bonuses, and other benefits during the past two fiscal year.
The newspaper reports that the total was disclosed at the New York City owners meetings, which just concluded.
The Times cited four sources who were not identified as having been present at the meetings and reported that Goodell's substantial pay for fiscal years 2019-20 to 2020-21 was approximately 90% based on bonuses. This is in addition to his work helping to negotiate a new labor agreement and massive media rights packages.
NFL players approved, in close vote of 1019-959, a new collective bargaining arrangement with league owners. This agreement ensures labor peace for at least 2030 and allows for a 17-game schedule. It went into effect this season.
The league announced a new set national television deals in March. These agreements will keep games on ESPN/ABC/Fox, Fox, CBS and NBC through the 2033 season. It is estimated that this deal is worth more than $100 billion.
Goodell was appointed NFL commissioner in 2006, replacing Paul Tagliabue. In 2017, he signed a five year extension.
According to ESPN's email, he requested that his salary be cut to zero last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. This request was granted.
Goodell met Tuesday with media in New York. He reiterated his opposition to the league's decision to not make public its findings of its investigation into Washington Football Team's workplace culture. Goodell stated that the confidentiality of those who participated in the investigation was too important for the NFL to release the results. The attorneys representing former WFT employees reacted to Goodell's decision not to make the investigation public. They wrote that their clients requested anonymity and a written report.
In fiscal year 2015, Goodell was paid nearly $32,000,000 by the NFL. Public records for this year are not available.
The Times reported that the league had declined to comment on the report about his most recent payments.