NFL Commissioner Goodell’s 2011 Pay Increased to $29.5 Million

Roger Goodell’s pay more than doubled to about $29.5 million in 2011 after the National Football League commissioner led the most popular U.S. sports league to decade-long contracts with players and broadcasters.

Goodell, 53, made most of his compensation through a $22.3 million bonus, on top of a base salary of about $3.1 million, according to tax documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service. He was paid a total of about $11.6 million in 2010.

“The NFL is the most successful and best-managed sports league in the world,” Atlanta Falcons owner and NFL Compensation Committee Chairman Arthur Blank said yesterday in a news release. “This is in no small part due to Roger’s leadership and the value he brings to the table in every facet of the sport and business of the league. His compensation reflects that.”

The NFL, which said in its filing that it had 1,546 employees in 2011, has annual revenue of about $9 billion. Goodell’s compensation for 2011 was equal to about 24 percent of the NFL’s ceiling on each team’s payroll.

Goodell helped the NFL reach a 10-year labor agreement with players in July 2011, ending a four-month lockout in time to avoid missing regular-season games.

The NFL that year also signed nine-year contract extensions with CBS Corp., News Corp’s Fox unit and Comcast Corp.’s NBC that will generate about 60 percent more television revenue through 2022.

ESPN also extended its agreement with the NFL in 2011 for eight years, giving the Walt Disney Co. unit “Monday Night Football” through the 2021 season in a deal valued at $1.9 billion, or about 73 percent more than the network had been paying, according to the New York Times.

Goodell signed a five-year contract extension in 2009. He joined the NFL in 1982 as an intern and rose to chief operating officer in 2001. He became commissioner when Paul Tagliabue retired in August 2006.

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