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NFLPA's Foxworth Says Players Don't Trust Commissioner Goodell Or The League
Published February 20, 2013
OTHER ISSUES: In N.Y., Judy Battista notes union officials on the call referred to the "league mandate for the wearing of hip and thigh pads next season as 'Nike pads,' a hint that they believe the push is being encouraged by the uniform supplier." However, the players and league "may find more common ground on rules changes that might make the game safer" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/20).
HE EARNED EVERY PENNY: Goodell earned $29.49M in '11, as reported last week by THE DAILY, and ESPN.com's Ashley Fox wrote that is a "staggering number at first blush." But Fox wrote, "Was it outrageous? Hardly, given the financial windfall that Goodell ... provided the NFL's 32 owners and the players." Compared to the "money Goodell has made the owners, his compensation looks like a bargain." Based on just the "economics, the owners should have paid him more." Goodell got a new, 10-year CBA "hammered out with the players, ending a four-month lockout before any real damage was done." He also "secured television contract extensions with ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS and DirecTV that were unprecedented in their length and value." He kept the NFL's media partners "in place and at a ridiculously high price that guarantees the owners and players will split $7 billion annually during the life of the deals." Goodell has "succeeded in his top two priorities so far into his tenure: Securing extended labor peace and financial health even in a down economy" (ESPN.com, 2/18). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said of Goodell's '11 salary, "That is really a lot of money.” ESPN’s Michael Wilbon said that was “Michael Jordan money” and then asked, “Do you think Roger Goodell is as valuable to the NFL as Michael Jordan was to the NBA?” Kornheiser added, “He’s making money for the owners” (“PTI,” ESPN, 2/19).