Don’t Worry: Roger Goodell Will Make Back All That Salary He Lost During The Lockout
We know what really worried you during the NFL lockout. It wasn't the potential loss of the 2011 season. It was the financial well-being of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL players association executive director DeMaurice Smith. Goodell, if you'll remember, slashed his salary to $1 during the lockout. Smith cut his, too: down to nothing at all.
And that filled you with concern. What about their families? Smith pulls in $1.8 million annually, while Goodell's yearly pay clocks in at a mere $10 million. Who knows what havoc going without four-plus months' share of that might wreak on these guys? Fortunately, we won't have to find out: both men will recoup their lost wages. For Smith, that works out to about $670,000. Goodell, meanwhile, will pull in $3.7 million or so. Worry no more.
So what if the idea of these guys "reducing" their salaries in the first place was, as CBS Sports' Josh Katzowitz put it, "a blatant PR move," if also a smart one? Who cares if these guys make enough (especially Goodell - seriously, eight figures) that they actually could have reduced their salaries to those trivial amounts, not paid themselves back whatever they lost during the lockout, and still be better off than 99.9 percent of the general population? The point is, the lockout will have no effect on those it left most vulnerable - rich lawyers and executives. And we're thankful: Smith and Goodell were on track to lose so much money, the might have been on the verge of not qualifying for Colbert Platinum.
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