And in news that will bring happiness to almost nobody, Roger Goodell has a new contract. According to PFT: Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL’s Compensation Committee has informed all owners that a new contract for Commissioner Roger Goodell has been executed.
The new deal would run through the 2023 season and, according to Adam Schefter, be worth $200 million if owners approve all the bonuses and the incentives are met. In other words, $40 mill per year. Nice work if you can get it.
The six members of the compensation committee sent a letter to their fellow owners announcing “Our Committee unanimously supports the contract and believes that it is fully consistent with ‘market’ compensation and the financial and other parameters outlined to the owners at our May 2017 meeting, as well as in the best interests of ownership.” It went on to say “We are pleased to report that there is a nearly unanimous consensus among the ownership in favor of signing the contract extension now.”
Check that “nearly unanimous consensus” line. That’s for you, Jerry. Because I’m guessing Jerry Jones isn’t too thrilled about that. Nor are the players. Nor are the fans. Come to think of it, I’m guessing if your name doesn’t rhyme with Goger Roodell, you probably aren’t that pumped about it.
Browns legendary tackle Joe Thomas tweeted: 5 years $200 million for @nflcommish…who were they competing with to sign him?
Which is a good point, on one hand. I can’t say for certain, but it didn’t seem like there was another league or corporation looking to poach him. So, yes, making 40 mill and whatever other incentives go along with that deal, is a pretty sweet contract.
But I’m not really interested in folks throwing up those wacky graphics and charts about how Goodell has been paid more than every athlete other than Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant from 2006 to 2015. And then people chasing that with some molten lava like, I’d love to see Goodell try to hit a curveball or drain a three with the shot clock winding down and a hand in his face. Hot take the dude to hell and back, rile everyone up and go to the phones. It’s so easy. And so lazy. And so lame. Hate to say it, because it would be so easy to pile on and hit that inferno with more gasoline, but all that crap isn’t his job. He’s not paid to light suckers up who come over the middle. That’s not his job. And especially not now when Goodell’s about to leave both of them in the dust. Rog is sitting on top of that pile of money yelling, “Take that, A-Rod! Have some, Kobe!”
Nor is it his job to be popular. Which is a good thing because he’s pretty unpopular, but being unpopular never stopped a commissioner – see Bettman, Gary, and Selig, Bud.
So then, it does raise the question, what is his job? Because you can point to any number of things that he hasn’t handled well: Ray Rice, Tom Brady, the Saints, head trauma, Ezekiel Elliott, player protests, player safety, the list goes on and on and on. I mean it almost seems like the league is lurching from one controversy to another. And you could say that anyone who keeps making those mistakes shouldn’t be rewarded the way that Goodell is being rewarded. And you’d be right, on some level.
But on another level, you’d be completely wrong. First off, as I’ve always said, you’re worth what someone will pay you. And NFL owners are not in the business of being charitable. So if they think you’re worth $40 mill per year, then you are worth 40 million per year. Those owners are not in the habit of writing fat checks to guys who aren’t getting the job done or even worse, guys who are costing them money, so Roger must be doing something right in their eyes.
Yeah, he isn’t rushing for 2,000 yards, passing for 5,000 yards, or hitting 70 home runs a year. But he’s clearly doing something right. He’s doing enough right to make $40 mill per year. Which leads me to believe that his job is to make money for the owners. And he’s done that very well. Make big money for them and you’ll make big money for yourself. And that’s what’s happening.