NFL Commissioner Goodell Seen Wearing Green Jacket at MastersMichael Buteau and Erik Matuszewski
The man called the most powerful in sports is apparently a member at one of golf’s most influential clubs.
As he took in action at the Masters Tournament, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell wore a green jacket, which is given only to members of Augusta National Golf Club. Goodell has been a member since September, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Goodell, 55, has been the NFL’s commissioner since 2006, when he succeeded Paul Tagliabue. Called the most powerful person in sports by Sports Illustrated, Goodell oversees a league with more than $9 billion in annual revenue.
An avid golfer, Goodell has a 7.7 handicap index at his home course of Siwanoy Golf Club in Bronxville, New York. According to the U.S. Golf Association’s handicap service, his most recent score was a 76 on Aug. 13, a month before the start of the NFL’s regular season.
The Masters is televised by Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN and CBS Sports, both of which are NFL partners.
Augusta National, which has hosted the first of golf’s four major championships every year since 1934, doesn’t comment on membership.
The private club, founded in 1933 by golf champion Bobby Jones and Wall Street financier Clifford Roberts, counts Atlanta Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk, Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann and former University of Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz among its members.
In 2012, the club admitted former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Rainwater Inc. financier Darla Moore as its first female members.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment about Goodell’s affiliation with Augusta National.