Commissioner Goodell, Labor Lawyer to Get $1 Pay If NFL Has Work Stoppage

Roger Goodell’s salary will drop to $1 a year if the National Football League and its players can’t avoid a work stoppage.

Goodell, who received about $9.8 million in salary and bonuses in 2009, said in a memo to staff that he also recommended that the owners’ Compensation Committee postpone a decision on any bonus until after the league and the players’ union complete a new collective bargaining agreement.

Jeff Pash, the league’s chief negotiator in the labor talks, also asked to have his annual salary reduced to $1 if there’s a work stoppage, Goodell wrote. Pash received about $4.9 million in 2009, according to the Sports Business Journal.

“Let me emphasize that we are fully committed to doing everything possible to reach a new collective bargaining agreement without any disruption to our business,” Goodell wrote in the memo, which the league sent in an e-mailed statement. “The entire senior leadership team stands with me in its commitment to resolving the CBA issues with the players’ union. While several other executives have also volunteered to make additional reductions to their compensation, I have asked them not to take that step at this time as we continue our negotiating efforts.”

Union spokesman George Atallah didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

NFL owners voted in 2008 to opt out of the labor deal after this season, saying it didn’t recognize costs such as those associated with building stadiums. The NFL Players Association has said the league is preparing to lockout players. Pash called that idea “nonsensical” at an owners meeting in Atlanta this month.

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