Sports Business Journal has unearthed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's compensation, and it is spectacular. According to the NFL's tax return, which is due to the IRS by the end of the day Friday, Goodell was paid $29.49 million in 2011. That figure represents a massive jump from his 2010 pay, which was $11.6 million.
The majority of Goodell's pay is driven from performance bonuses ($22.3 million of his 2011 pay was bonus money), and the NFL inked a 10-year labor deal and new TV contracts in 2011. Sports Business Journal speculates his compensation will remain in the mid-to-high $20 million range.
According to Forbes, Peyton Manning was the NFL's highest-paid player in 2011 at $23 million.
As a point of reference, SBJ estimates the salaries NBA Commissioner David Stern and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to be in the mid-$20 million range. According to USA Today, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott was the highest-paid college commissioner at $1.9 million in 2010, followed by the Big Ten's Jim Delany at $1.8 million.
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