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NFL’s Goodell Earns $44.2 Million in 2012 on $40.2 Million Bonus

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Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Roger Goodell received a $40.2 million bonus in 2012, boosting the National Football League commissioner’s total earnings to $44.2 million for the year.

Goodell, 54, had a base salary of $3.5 million, according to tax documents the league said it will file with the Internal Revenue Service. About $9.1 million of his bonus was from compensation earned in 2011.

“Commissioner Goodell’s compensation reflects the value of his leadership and the success of the NFL at the highest levels,” Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons owner and chairman of the NFL compensation committee, said in a statement. “His significant accomplishments continue to strengthen our game, our business and our leading position in the sports industry.”

The 32 NFL teams equally split the pay of Goodell, who started at the league as an intern 32 years ago. The NFL is the biggest sports league in the U.S. with a record $10 billion in revenue in 2013, up from $7 billion when Goodell took over as commissioner in 2006.

The league document also showed that outgoing Executive Vice President for Media Steve Bornstein was paid $26.1 million and General Counsel Jeff Pash received $7.86 million in 2012.

This month the league sold broadcast rights to eight Thursday games to CBS Corp. While terms of the agreement were not announced, the Los Angeles Times reported that the deal was worth less than $300 million, citing unidentified people familiar with the agreement.

This month’s Super Bowl, the first to be played outdoors in a cold-weather city, was watched by 112.2 million people, the biggest U.S. television audience ever. The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Feb. 2 to win their first Super Bowl.

NFL owners have approved $3.3 billion of private stadium investment in the past two years, according to the league.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net