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SBD/Issue 88/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Were NFL Budget Cuts Behind Jim Steeg’s Departure?
Published January 27, 2005
|Did NFL Budget Cuts Lead
To Steeg’s Resignation?
The NFL has “cut and slash[ed] its Super Bowl budget, which was one of the many reasons” why former Senior VP/Special Events Jim Steeg resigned last summer, according to the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. NFL COO Roger Goodell is “primarily responsible” for the cutbacks. A source said that the “penny-pinching has gotten so bad that the league is considering not handing out complimentary Super Bowl pins to the media” in Jacksonville (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 1/27).
CAP COACHES? SI/HBO’s Peter King noted the salaries of NFL coordinators and assistants are “exploding, just like free agency did for players in 1993. There are 19 assistant coaches in the NFL right now making more than $1[M], and even the [number of] guys who are near $1[M] is stunning.” HBO’s Cris Collinsworth: “No salary cap as of today, though, for those coaches and assistant coaches.” King: “But you think there might be one?” Collinsworth: “Every time money starts getting out of control, you know what the NFL does” (“Inside the NFL,” HBO, 1/26).