Roger Goodell has been under the microscope ever since he made the transition from anonymous NFL employee to Godfather of the most powerful, profitable league in the country. And, precisely because he has thrust himself into the spotlight with his one-man crusade to change football, everything about his reign as Commish has been met with scrutiny. From his almost unlimited power to his hypocritical calls for an 18-game season to his heavy-handed discipline of players, Goodell has quickly become one of the most powerful men in sports. With that power, another figure surrounding Goodell's tenure as Commish has come into question, his salary.
Much news was made when Goodell offered and then made good on his pledge to reduce his salary to $1 during the NFL Lockout. However, the pure PR gesture rung hollow when remembering Goodell was raking in almost $10 million the previous year. Now, after the NFL's tax documents have been made public, Goodell's salary is again getting a fresh look. Perhaps not surprisingly, Goodell has seen a pay raise off last year's salary from $9.89 million to roughly $11.5 million. That's quite a fair amount of cheese as our friend Clark Kellogg would undoubtedly say.
But, would you find it surprising that Goodell, the proverbial White Knight saving the barbaric sport of football as we know it, isn't the highest paid man working for the NFL? For all of the autonomy and power Goodell has consolidated in his short tenure, there is actually one man who rakes in more cash than Goodell, at $12.2 million to be exact. That man is NFL Network CEO and Executive Vice-President of Media Steve Bornstein.
Steve Bornstein? Not exactly a household name among many NFL fans. However, Bornstein is a critical figure in the NFL's power structure...