League commissioner made $29.5 million in one year
Roger Goodell’s pay more than doubled to about $29.5 million in 2011 after the NFL 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. He was paid about $11.6 million in 2010.
The NFL, which said in its filing that it had 1,546 employees in 2011, has annual revenue of about $9 billion.
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.
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The NFL that year also signed contract extensions with four different television networks for substantial additional revenue.
• The Colts said they would not re-sign Dwight Freeney, their career sacks leader, or Austin Collie, a key player in their second Super Bowl run since moving to Indy.
• Titus Young‘s stay with the Rams was brief after the wide receiver was placed on waivers after only a few days in St. Louis. Coach Jeff Fisher said that Young was “not the best option” for the Rams.
• Tim Walton, a secondary coach for the Lions, has been hired as the defensive coordinator for the Rams.
• The Packers released 36-year-old defensive back Charles Woodson with two years left on his contract. Woodson was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.
• Broncos boss John Elway is planning to put the franchise tag on his All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady as early as Tuesday.
• Bills backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, a former Seahawk, is coming back to Buffalo after re-signing Friday. New Bills coach Doug Marrone ended speculation by saying he intends to have Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jackson compete for the starting job.
• Next season will be the Vikings’ last in the 31-year-old Metrodome. Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said the team plans to play outside at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, while the team’s new stadium gets built at the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis.